Is This How Meghan And Harry Plan To Build An Even Bigger Fortune?

It's been a busy few months for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The celebrity couple, who spectacularly defected from the royal family in early 2020, welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana, on Friday, June 4. And, in keeping with virtually everything the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do, they were immediately criticized for allegedly not giving Harry's family the requisite notice of their impending announcement. As People notes, sources subsequently confirmed Queen Elizabeth was indeed advised of their new arrival ahead of the public, but it's unlikely their family's issues will end there. 

The Sussexes relocated to California to carve out a more peaceful life for their growing family, eventually settling in Montecito, where famous neighbors include Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. Although the couple remains intensely focused on charitable initiatives, particularly through their dedicated non-profit, Archewell Foundation, Meghan and Harry have also been courted by huge companies including Spotify and Netflix, with whom the couple has signed deals worth millions of dollars (via The Observer). Their next business-savvy move involves enlisting the help of a high-profile expert. 

Meghan and Harry are expanding their business portfolio

According to The Sun, Meghan and Harry are eyeing a potentially very lucrative partnership with business adviser Ollie Ayling, the well-connected consultant who worked closely with Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger to build her considerable personal fortune. In particular, Ayling engineered lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Müller Corner yoghurts and Perfectil vitamins. He's been working as the pop star's manager for the past seven years but has reportedly met with the Sussexes recently, too. An insider said simply, "Harry and Meghan are rapidly expanding their business empire and want the best in the business to help." 

Ayling was chosen due to his extensive knowledge, and particularly his work with Scherzinger. As the source noted, "The Sussexes are already way more famous than the Pussycat Dolls. Now they want a fortune bigger than Nicole's." Aside from her various endorsement deals, Ayling nabbed the singer roles in the likes of "Moana" and "Ralph Breaks the Internet," as well as on judging panels for "The X Factor," "The Masked Singer," and "Australia's Got Talent." Meghan and Harry have reportedly earned over $300 million since giving up their royal status and moving stateside, with Meghan receiving a substantial advance for her children's book, "The Bench."