With just two months left until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, the couple is faced with some crucial decisions about their marriage and the May 19 ceremony. According to Daily Mail, the pair has just made one significant choice: to proceed with the wedding without signing a prenuptial agreement.
While the claims are yet to be substantiated, a friend of Prince Harry's told the British tabloid he refuses to sign the legal document. "There was never any question in Harry’s mind that he would sign a prenup," the source says. "He's determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there's no need for him to sign anything."
The couple's decision might seem surprising, but it's certainly not unusual in the royal family. According to Express, neither Prince William nor Prince Charles signed prenups. Unlike in the U.S., prenuptial agreements are not legally enforceable in the UK, although experts say it is taken into account during divorce settlements.
Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have considerable assets. Daily Mail reports that Harry has about £30 million worth of assets, which includes his inheritance from Princess Diana. Markle, 36, is believed to have a fortune of roughly £4 million thanks to her acting career.
Marriage therapist Susan Pease Gadoua says not signing a prenup could put Markle at a serious disadvantage. "Lots of women I work with have given up their careers [and then get divorced]," she tells Refinery29. "Of course, everybody hopes it works out, but we've just seen too many cases where it doesn't, and then women are really sorry." While prenups aren't legally enforceable in the UK, she stresses that American couples shouldn't disregard them. "Love just doesn't carry you through some really difficult situations, including divorce."