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June 24, 2021

The Prince of Wales gave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a "substantial sum" of money in the months following their stepping down as senior royals, despite the Duke claiming his family "literally cut me off financially".

However, the couple's £2.4m repayment to the taxpayer as reimbursement for renovations to their home at Frogmore Cottage also included 18 months of rent. 

Newly published accounts show that Charles continued to provide money for Harry and Meghan until the summer of 2020, while Harry told Oprah Winfrey the pair stopped getting money from the Royal Family in the first quarter of that year.

A senior Clarence House spokesperson said the Prince of Wales provided the money to help his younger son become financially independent.

 

The new accounts showed that, between the Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge and their families, some £4.5m was paid out by Charles.

 

The 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."

Asked about the difference in timelines given by the two parties about the funding, the spokesperson said: "I wouldn't acknowledge that they are dramatically different. All I can tell you are the facts."

 

A spokesperson from the Sussexes said: "You are conflating two different timelines and it's inaccurate to suggest that there's a contradiction.

"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.

 






Source: Mirror
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