Harry and Meghan drive a £170,000 Range Rover – just like the ones favoured by the Royals
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s car similar to those favoured by royal family
- Couple spotted motoring around near their home in California, Los Angeles
- The Jaguar Land Rover brand have a lease agreement with the royal household
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted motoring around near their home in Los Angeles, California, in a top-of-the-range model by the Jaguar Land Rover brand after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The company have a lease agreement with the royal household which allows them to use a fleet of brand its new vehicles.
However an Invictus Games source said that the couple are not entitled to a freebie vehicle via the car manufacturer’s sponsorship of an upcoming event, planned for The Hague next year – calling into question how the couple are financing the luxury vehicle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s £170,000 Range Rover, which they have been driving in near their home in Los Angeles, California, is similar to models favoured by the royal family
The air of mystery comes after Prince Harry and Meghan said the couple had been ‘cut off’ financially from the royal family after stepping down from Royal life last year.
In the couple’s Oprah Winfrey interview the Duke of Sussex said they had to go for Netflix and Spotify deals – worth an estimated £80million – to pay for his security after his family cut him off.
A MailOnline audit of public information available on their money suggested they received around £5million funding for their Royal roles.
This included £2.5million from the Sovereign Grant and £2.5million from Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall private estate.
Large renovation costs of one of their homes also cost £2.4million, which was funded by the Sovereign Grant.
On top of this was their security detail which when in the UK cost £1million a year, with paid for a team of at least six highly trained bodyguards.
Those protection costs are believed to have rocketed when they decided to leave the country, with the pricetag for safety costed at around £20million.
In January last year the now-abandoned Sussex Royal website gave a window into the finances of the Duke and Duchess.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey
They said 95 per cent of their income had come from the Duchy of Cornwall, an amount known to total some £2.5million.
The couple had said the remaining 5 per cent had come from the taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant, although it has previously been stated that they got £2.5million from the fund.
They also committed to pay back the £2.4m cost of renovating their home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, a bill initially footed by the UK taxpayer.
In a statement on their old website they said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take great pride in their work and 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. For this reason they have made the choice to become members of the Royal Family with financial independence.
‘Their Royal Highnesses feel this new approach will enable them to continue to carry out their duties for Her Majesty The Queen, while having the future financial autonomy to work externally.
‘While the contribution from The Sovereign Grant covers just five percent of costs for The Duke and Duchess and is specifically used for their official office expense, Their Royal Highnesses prefer to release this financial tie.’