Meghan Markle is negotiating deals with high fashion brands

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would step back as senior royals and split their time between the UK and North America — after The Sun revealed they want to live in Canada for much of the year.

It has also emerged Meghan had already begun negotiations with top fashion brands as she plans her future outside the Royal Family.

The couple has a string of links to Canada already and spent a trial six weeks in the country over Christmas when they stayed at a mansion on the west coast.

Harry held his Invictus Games for wounded soldiers in Toronto in 2017, where the couple made their first public appearance together watching a wheelchair tennis game.

And ex-US actress Meghan was based in the city while filming TV legal drama Suits, in which she appeared from 2011 to 2017.

Last March, the couple attended a Commonwealth Day event at Canada House high commission in London — celebrating Canadian culture and ex-pats from the country in the UK.

Pregnant Meghan was presented with a baby grow emblazoned with a maple leaf.

WORLDWIDE FAME

Well-placed royal insiders say that despite Buckingham Palace’s assertions that their exit will require a long process with many more decisions, they are already well underway with talks about lucrative new commercial projects.

Meghan is understood to be using her array of fashion industry contacts in a bid to cash in on her worldwide fame — potentially making millions in the process.

The sources say French fashion house Givenchy is included in the discussions.

But the new has infuriated royal courtiers — who are shocked by her underhand efforts to rake in a fortune before the couple had even discussed their plans with the Queen, Prince Charles or other senior figures.

A source said: “Meghan is very connected in the fashion industry and there are a lot of major labels who would like to partner with her on projects.

“There have already been active discussions with Givenchy. Some of these deals could be worth millions of pounds.

“I’m sure she is going to link some of the initiatives to their foundation.”

|TheSun