Is Prince Harry becoming a stand up comedian to boost his net worth?
Prince Harry has added a new, unexpected title to his repertoire: stand-up comedian. The Duke of Sussex, known for his charismatic personality and willingness to break royal norms, recently made a surprise video appearance at the 17th annual Stand Up For Heroes Benefit.
But what does this mean for the prince who once was a staple in the royal lineup? And what does it mean for his $60 million net worth? Let’s see if its a net worth that can sustain a fledgling career in comedy.
Harry’s Humorous Debut
The event, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center and presented by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, supports veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Prince Harry, who served in the military for a decade, appeared in his video address donning his four service medals.
His performance was not just about laughs; it was a heartfelt nod to his military background and a show of solidarity with fellow veterans.
In his comedic stint, Harry poked fun at himself, claiming to represent “gingers,” whom he humorously referred to as an “endangered species.” His self-deprecating humor continued as he joked about the people who helped him prepare his act, including his finance manager and reiki healer.
But it wasn’t all jokes; Harry also delivered a sincere salute to his “brothers, sisters, and friends” in the military, reminding them of the power of purpose and values.
A Night of Stars and Surprises
The evening was further brightened by a surprise performance from none other than Bruce Springsteen, who played five songs, infusing his own brand of humor into the event. The star-studded affair also saw appearances from celebrities like Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Tracy Morgan, each bringing their unique flair to the noble cause.
Sally Bedell Smith, a biographer and former Vanity Fair contributing editor with over two decades of experience studying the British royal family, wasn’t entirely shocked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal duties in January 2020.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Smith recalled hearing “the tom-toms” as early as autumn 2018, noting the signs of the couple’s unhappiness and Meghan’s efforts to carve out her own role.
The Surprise of the Royal Exit
What did surprise Smith, however, was the level of unhappiness that led to their departure. She reflected on the royal wedding in May 2018, a time when the royal family seemed to go to great lengths to welcome Meghan.
From the inclusion of an African American bishop to the gospel choir, the wedding symbolized a blending of cultures. Smith also highlighted the queen’s efforts to integrate Meghan, particularly through her assignment of Commonwealth roles, which are close to the monarch’s heart.
Yet, despite these efforts, Harry’s willingness to leave the royal family and England was a significant departure from expectations. Smith pondered over the queen’s swift handling of their exit, likening her approach to the “Marmite theory of monarchy” – a philosophy of evolutionary change.
The queen, known for her incremental approach to change, has shown flexibility in the face of significant challenges, as seen in her handling of Princess Diana’s death and the aftermath of the Panorama interview.
A New Chapter for the Sussexes
As Prince Harry embarks on this new journey, dabbling in various roles from podcasting to now stand-up comedy, it raises questions about the future path he and Meghan will carve out for themselves. Their departure from royal duties was not just a step back from tradition but a leap into a world of endless possibilities. With their newfound freedom, the couple seems to be exploring and embracing a variety of opportunities, breaking the mold in ways previously unimaginable for members of the British Royal Family.
In this ever-changing narrative, what remains constant is the couple’s commitment to causes close to their hearts, be it supporting veterans or advocating for mental health. As they continue to write their story, one can’t help but wonder: What will be the next surprising chapter in the lives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?