The nation is in a frenzy right now about two thirty-something’s wanting to do their own thing and be financially independent.
Most people get to this stage in life in their late teens or twenties so I’m not quite sure what the fuss is all about, but there we go.
I jest of course. Any major public move any Royal Family member makes will inevitably be scrutinised to the greatest degree.
In this case, Prince Harry announcing that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, essentially wish to depart the Royal Family – and the duties and media intrusion being a part of it entails – is unprecedented news.
Bookmakers have been keen to get on board with the Royal Calamity – and in a hilarious twist Paddy Power is actually offering 100/1 on Megan Markle to play HERSELF in the hit Netflix series The Crown, which has only actually reached 1977.
Clearly there is a long road of negotiations ahead, such as ensuring Harry and Meghan’s security is paid for when they are staying in North America, but it is now odds-on at 1/2 that they will become financially independent within the next five years.
In contrast, it’s a 14/1 longshot that they will re-join the Royal Family full-time.
There appears to be little chance of a way back for them, at least as a couple.
Indeed, at 3/1 it’s considered far more likely that the couple will divorce by 2025. The odds are twice as long on them adopting a baby or child in the future at 6/1.
They’re 6/4 to move permanently back to the UK rather than spreading their time between two continents, with it an 8/1 shot that they permanently move to North America. The latter doesn’t seem bad value at all, with Harry likely to be more able to live a quieter life away from the UK and Meghan a more profitable asset closer to home.
If they are to become financially independent as the odds suggest they will, there will be no shortage of avenues for them to explore.
They’re 5/1 to become fashion designers, 12/1 to star in their own reality TV show, 14/1 to become social media influencers, and 25/1 to become artists.
Harry’s grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, has responded diplomatically:
“My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.
“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
Without question these are the most sensible words we’ve heard on the matter, and crucially they appear to have paved the way for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to receive their wishes.
Following leaked footage of Harry seemingly attempting to persuade a Disney boss to give Meghan a voiceover audition in the future, 20/1 on the actress returning for a special episode or series of Suits, the show which made her famous, doesn’t look bad value either.