This week, Prince Harry and Dutchess Meghan shook up the world, by announcing that they would be officially stepping back from their duties as members of the royal family.

Now, according to a new report from the NY Post, it turns out hat Meghan's good friend Oprah Winfrey advised the couple the make the move.

Sources tell Page Six

“Oprah was the first person to talk to Harry and Meghan about breaking free and doing their own thing, building on their own brand. She made them realize it was really possible.”

And now that Meghan and Harry aren't officially working for the royal family - they can set out and make their own fortune.

The couple recently trademarked “Sussex Royal” as a brand on more than 100 properties in the UK, including clothing, stationery, photographs and educational and charitable endeavors. 

Industry experts are predicting that their new business venture could bring in revenue of over $500 million.

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018, watched by a television audience of almost two billion viewers worldwide, was heralded by many as the ultimate 21st-century fairy tale. It was hoped that the union of a beautiful biracial American actress and one of the world’s favorite princes would firmly nudge the British royal family into a new era.

It was also hoped, somewhat less romantically, that the potential star power of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (as the new celebrity couple became known) would be an economic windfall for Britain, potentially bringing billions of pounds to the economy for decades to come.