Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly worth $1 million a booking as virtual speakers, while a leaked document outlines the strict control they’re allegedly demanding over such engagements.
Before even sending the Duke and Duchess of Sussex an invitation event organisers must specify the fee as well as full sponsorship details, it has been reported.
The four-page ‘Virtual Event Request Form’ issued by the Harry Walker Agency (HWA) and seen by the Daily Telegraph also asks to know what “connection format” will be used and what the contingency plan is in case there is a technical failure.
The couple – who stepped down as senior royals in March and now live in LA – also reportedly want the final word on who introduces and moderates during their speeches. The Sussexes were reported to have signed up to New York-based speakers’ bureau HWA in June, following in the footsteps of the Obamas, Clintons and Oprah Winfrey.
It comes after they signed a reported $150 million deal to produce projects for streaming service Netflix and are said to be able to earn $1 million per engagement.
As part of their divorce settlement with the royals, Harry and Meghan agreed not to engage in commercial activities that might embarrass the Queen.
As such, the form says they require details of all sponsors, regardless of whether they are directly involved with any particular presentation.
“If you were to lose one or more of the above sponsors, would your organisation still be able to move forward with this event?
“What will the audience see on screen? Will you incorporate any branding? What will the speaker see on screen prior to and during their presentation?” it adds.