Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be getting into bed with Wall Street but there is a financial mystery around their latest deal.
When King Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 so he could marry Wallis Simpson (and spend the rest of his life dithering about his garden in Paris and contemplating the full, gaping maw of his regal loss) his brother, the newly enthroned King George VI made a very smart choice. He gave him money.
While Edward, for the rest of his life, might have been something of a desolate soul, with no purpose, defining role or public identity, at least he had the francs to keep Wallis in Cartier and their cellars full of Chateau Yquem, all courtesy of an allowance from the palace.
More than eight decades later however, when his great-great-nephew Prince Harry followed in his footsteps and spectacularly walked away from royal life, American wife in tow too, the same story did not play out.
Instead, newly ‘freed’ from having to kowtow to the palace hierarchy and to agree to open the occasional bridge, Harry instead soon found himself face-to-face with a new and decidedly bourgeois development: Fretting about money.
Having his living expenses taken care of by his dear papa and the army up until the age of 35 did not exactly put Harry in good stead when it came to having to navigate the new and unedifying world of mammon.
So of course it makes perfect sense – cough – that with only every having worked for the government and his grandma and never having,…