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Charles gave Harry and Meghan ‘substantial sum’ despite their claim to be financially cut off

The Independent logo The Independent 23/06/2021 Chiara Giordano
a man wearing a suit and tie: Prince Harry’s spokesman says the ‘substantial sum’ given by Prince Charles was not in the same period to which the duke was referring when he complained of being cut off - Toby Melville/PA © Toby Melville/PA

Prince Harry’s spokesman says the ‘substantial sum’ given by Prince Charles was not in the same period to which the duke was referring when he complained of being cut off

- Toby Melville/PA

The Prince of Wales helped the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with a “substantial sum” of money after they quit as working royals, despite Harry claiming his family “literally cut me off financially”.

Accounts show Charles continued to fund the Sussexes until the summer of 2020, with a senior Clarence House spokesperson saying he allocated them the generous amount of money.

However, the duke told Oprah Winfrey he stopped getting financial support from his family in the first quarter of that year.

Funding for both Charles’s sons - the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge - and their families contributed to a £4.5 million bill for the prince.

Harry and Meghan were still listed as receiving money from Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall income, despite quitting the monarchy at the end of March last year.

The funding bill - plus other expenditure including Charles’s capital expenditure and transfer to reserves - dropped by almost £1.2m in the financial year after the Sussexes stopped being senior royals.

A senior Clarence House spokesperson said: “As we’ll all remember in January 2020 when the duke and duchess announced that they were going to move away from the working royal family, the duke said that they would work towards becoming financially independent.

“The Prince of Wales allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition.

“That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”


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Asked about the discrepancy over the Duke of Sussex’s remark, the Clarence House spokesperson said: “I wouldn’t acknowledge that they are dramatically different. All I can tell you are the facts.”

A spokesperson for the Sussexes insisted there was no difference in timeline, and that Harry was actually referring to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which runs from April to July.

“You are conflating two different timelines and it’s inaccurate to suggest that there’s a contradiction,” Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson said.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry posing for a picture: Prince Charles is said to have given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a “substantial sum” in the months after Megxit (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA) © Provided by The Independent Prince Charles is said to have given the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a “substantial sum” in the months after Megxit (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

“The duke’s comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.

“This is the same date that the ‘transitional year’ of the Sandringham agreement began and is aligned with the timeline that Clarence House referenced.”

In his Oprah interview, Harry said his family cut him off financially “in the first quarter of 2020”.

The Clarence House spokesperson described the couple’s departure from the working royal family as “a matter of enormous sadness to the family”, adding: “I betray no confidence when I say they’ve been very successful in becoming financially independent.”

Harry and Meghan signed multimillion-pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, with the duke telling Ms Winfrey he secured these to pay for his financial comfort.

He said he had the £7m sum Diana left him and “without that we would not have been able to do this”.

Pre-Megxit, the duke and duchess’s joint wealth was estimated to be £18 million, but will have been boosted substantially by their high-profile deals.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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