Prince William's Net Worth: How Much the Future King Is Worth

Martha Sorren | Jun 29, 2020 Celebrities
Prince William's Net Worth: How Much the Future King Is Worth
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As one could probably imagine, it pays to be royal. The royal family have some seriously high net worths, and Prince William's net worth is one of the highest. He's reportedly worth about $40 million, and there's a lot more where that came from. Although the anti-royal citizens of the UK usually complain about how much the royal family costs taxpayers, that's not where the bulk of William's money comes from. Sure, taxpayers fund his royal travel and such, but as with Prince Harry, most of Prince William's wealth comes from private family sources.

Two major deaths in the royal family are how the bulk of William's money came to him, thanks to hefty inheritances. We're betting William would trade those millions to have gotten to spend more time with his mom, though.

Aside from inheritances, William also gets money from his father, Prince Charles, like a true millennial. (Yes, at 38, Prince William is technically a millennial.) And let's not forget that he once worked for a living. OK, he didn't work for his actual living, as his his army salary likely was a drop in the bucket, but he did have a job for several years.

But even though William's personal net worth seems high now, it's only going to get much higher as he rises through the royal ranks. When Prince Charles ascends to the throne, William will take his spot as the Prince of Wales, and that comes with a hefty income. From there, when William becomes king, he'll be worth even more -- billions more, to be exact.

He's sitting pretty at $40 million right now, but the best is yet to come. Here's a breakdown of what William has right now, and what he stands to make in the future.

  • Princess Diana Left William a Hefty Chunk of Change

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    Prince William and Princess Diana
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    Upon her death in 1997, Princess Diana's will stipulated that William and Harry would have access to Diana's estate trust when they turned 30. The brothers were to split it evenly, with William getting his portion in 2012, and Harry getting his in 2014. When William inherited the money from the trust, his portion was about $12.3 million.

  • William Also Got Some of Diana's Jewelry 

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    Princess Diana's will also said that 75% of her jewelry collection was to be split between William and Harry. The remaining 25% was to be split among her 17 godchildren, although Diana's family -- minus Harry and William -- has made it hard for those godchildren to access the jewels. Instead, they said that each child could get only one memento of Diana's family's choosing.

  • William Proposed With His Mother's Ring

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    One of the pieces of jewelry that came from Princess Diana was her sapphire engagement ring, which Harry gave to William so he could propose to Kate Middleton in 2010. It's now reportedly worth $500,000, adding a nice half a million to the Cambridge family's net worth. When Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle, he also did so with diamonds from his mom's collection.

  • Diana Also Set Up a Discretionary Fund

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    In addition to the trust that she left for her sons, Reader's Digest reports that Princess Diana also set up a discretionary fund to help her sons with their future families. She put about $120,000 into it, and it's grown in interest and income via assets since her death. Both William and Harry can draw from the fund, as can their wives Kate and Meghan.

  • The Queen Mother Left William Money

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    William's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, died in 2002 and also left a large sum to William in a trust. According to The Times, William and Harry received part of a $6 million payout when they each turned 21. The Queen Mother ensured that Harry received a larger portion of that money, because he is not the heir to the throne and won't inherit any money that way like William will. 

  • William Is Getting Another Payout in 2022

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    Upon their 40th birthdays, William and Harry are entitled to another chunk of money from the Queen Mother's trust. The Times reported that the brothers will split about $10 million when William turns 40 in 2022, and when Harry turns 40 in 2024. It's likely that the balance of that will again tip in Harry's favor since he doesn't hold that heir to the throne power. (Little did the Queen Mother know that Harry wouldn't even be a working royal anymore by his 40th birthday.)

  • Money From Dad

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    Prince William's father, Prince Charles, makes money from his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall. Prince Charles gives a small portion of that money to his sons every year. Records on Prince Charles' official website shows that for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, William and Harry each got about $6 million from their father's personal account.

  • UK Taxpayers Foot the Bills

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    Will and his family also don't have to worry too much about their cost of living, as their official royal duties are covered by taxpayer money under the Sovereign Grant. For example, royal records show that Prince William's 2018 royal tour of Jordan, Israel, and Palestine cost the Sovereign Grant almost $100,000. That's money he didn't have to worry about taking out of his own pocket.

  • A Paying Army Job

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    Not all of William's money comes from other people giving it to him. For seven years, William worked in the Army and the Royal Air Force for which he earned a decent annual salary. According to HuffPost, in 2012, William was making about $61,300 per year as a flight lieutenant helicopter pilot on the Search and Rescue team.

  • Donating His Salary

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    In 2015, William was promoted to air ambulance pilot. According to CNBC, Prince William decided to donate his $62,000 salary, because, let's face it, he didn't really need it. He was working less to pay bills and more to hone character. "Doing a job like this really helps me to be grounded and that's the core of what I'm trying to become," he said at the time.

  • One Day, He'll Inherit His Father's Property

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    Prince William and Prince Charles
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    When Prince Charles eventually becomes king, Prince William will take his spot as the Prince of Wales and will therefore inherit the Duchy of Cornwall. Will is only getting about $6 million a year from the estate now, but the full amount that it's worth is pretty amazing. According to Prince Charles' 2018-2019 financial records, the duchy makes him over $25 million per year.

  • Kate Middleton Also Brings Money to the Table

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    Kate Middleton
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    If Will and Kate are the kind of couple that considers their money to be shared, then William can count Kate's net worth towards his own. Kate may be a commoner, but she comes from a wealthy family, and she used to work at their successful party supply business Party Pieces. According to Yahoo, the duchess had a personal wealth of about $10 million when she married William.

  • The Queen Will Likely Leave William Money

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    Queen Elizabeth
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    According to Forbes, Queen Elizabeth reportedly has a personal wealth of about $500 million. Just like Princess Diana and the queen's mother left William and Harry money upon their deaths, Queen Elizabeth will likely do the same. She has a great number of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and godchildren, but $500 million is a lot to split. William will likely inherit a nice chunk of change.

  • He'll Inherit So Much When He's King

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    Prince William and Kate Middleton
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    When Prince William eventually becomes king, a giant payday is coming his way. Another Forbes article reports that, as the crown monarch, William will be in charge of $10 billion in real estate, the $5 billion Buckingham Palace, the royal art collection, and an annual government stipend of $12.9 million. 

    Not too shabby.

  • ... But That's Not Really His Money

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    Forbes noted that even though King William will be presiding over billions of dollars, it won't really be his. The money and palaces and art are tied to the position of being the reigning monarch. When William passes the king title over to his son, Prince George, the wealth will no longer be William's. As such, he can't sell the royal assets to make money for his personal accounts; he just gets to temporarily be in charge of it.

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