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Could Meghan Markle return to acting after quitting the royal family with Harry

Way back in the heady days of 2016, before she met Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle worked as an actor, most notably playing paralegal Rachel Zane in Suits.

She gave it all up after seven seasons to move to the UK and marry Harry, but now that the couple plan on relinquishing their roles as "senior royals" and working to become "financially independent", some are speculating whether Meghan may choose to restart her former career in TV and movies.

After all, they'll need to find ways to supplement their income now that they won't be receiving millions per year from the Duchy. On their website, sussexroyal.com, Meghan and Harry have created a page called 'Funding', which details how the pair are currently funded, alongside their hopes for the future.

In it, the couple explain that 5% of the money they currently live off is a Sovereign Grant, while the other 95% comes from Charles The Prince Of Wales's estate. They would "prefer to release this financial tie".

The page states that Meghan and Harry are "committed to continuing their charitable endeavours as well as establishing new ones.

"In addition, they value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing."

They went on to say that they plan to "work externally" from the royal family.

So, what could this external working look like? Meghan is thought to have earned approximately £40,000 per episode on Suits, and over triple that for film appearances, including roles in Horrible Bosses and The Candidate. Though she couldn't return to Suits (the show ended in 2019), she may choose to return to acting.

The Duchess of Sussex always maintained an interest in the arts. Her patronages include organisations like The National Theatre, proving that she's still got a passion for her former industry.

However, in 2017, once her relationship with Harry was public, she quit Suits and it seemed, from what she said to reporters, she seemed dead-set on a change. "I just see it as a change… It's a new chapter, right? I've been working on my show for seven years.

So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series, and for me once we hit the 100 episode marker I thought... I have ticked this box and I feel really proud of the work I have done there," Meghan said at the time. So maybe there won't be a return to the acting world on the cards after all.

Meghan also had a side hustle as a lifestyle blogger, penning missives on food, lifestyle and travel for her own site, The Tig. The site was taken down not long into her relationship with Harry, but its former fans are wondering whether this move might mean the resurrection of The Tig, too. Documents were only recently filed requesting continued ownership of the site until 2021...

However the couple choose to earn their income in the future, it's unlikely that many options will be closed off to them. They could choose showbiz, public speaking, brand work, paid charity roles... only time will tell.

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