The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the wish list of billionaire business leaders to play a starring role at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are set to be invited as speakers next year at the annual gathering of some of the world’s richest and most influential people.

It comes amid what banking insiders describe as a “gold rush” to work with the couple – who want to be financially independent after quitting the royal family.

But if the couple accept, it could clash with their climate campaigning after activist Greta Thunberg, 17, slammed the WEF during her speech at this year’s event last month as protesters filled the streets.

Harry and Meghan are already developing links with investment banking giants as they plan to rake in millions.

Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are set to be invited as speakers next year

And experts reckon by mixing with WEF delegates at Davos they could even hit £1billion by striking the right mix of corporate deals and brand ambassador roles.

PR expert Mark Borkowski said of the move: “This does not surprise me at all.”

A banking source added: “Harry and Meghan have set a clear path to work with big banks and corporate giants as well as doing altruistic work with charities.

The World Economic Forum is the place to be for lucrative corporate deals

“The mix works well with the target audience and the celebrity set. However, it is sure to raise eyebrows in royal circles.

“It has echoes of other royals criticised for touting themselves to the highest bidder and all becomes rather tawdry.”

Harry and Meghan champion environmental causes but were criticised last year for flying off on holiday by private jet.

Prince of Wales meeting climate activist Greta Thunberg at this year's summit last month

Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales, gave a keynote speech on the climate crisis at Davos, in Switzerland, this year and met Swedish activist Thunberg.

The teenager used her own speech to angrily accuse the WEF of ignoring calls to cut fossil fuel use.

Read More

Top news stories from Mirror Online

Harry and Meghan appeared together earlier this month at an event sponsored by investment bank JP Morgan in Miami.

The Duke has also been in negotiations with Goldman Sachs for a talks series.

Sources say they could net hundreds of thousands per speech – but have not taken any cash for such work so far.