Prince Harry and Meghan received GIGANTIC payout from King Charles in their last year as working royals
King Charles - then Prince of Wales - compensated Princes Harry and William to the tune of $5.1 million for their royal duties in 2020
LONDON, ENGLAND: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have often spoken about not receiving financial support from the royal family since stepping down from their royal duties back in 2020. But now it is revealed the royal pair received a huge amount from The Firm in their last year alone.
According to a report by Daily Mail, in Meghan and Harry’s last year as royals, King Charles - then Prince of Wales - paid out £4.5million ($5.1 million) to his warring sons Prince William and Prince Harry to cover their official duties and lifestyles in taxpayer-funded palaces. However, the report does not break down how much money went to each prince.
Back in 2021, after stepping down from their royal duties, Meghan and Harry sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview, where the Duke of Sussex claimed he is forced to sign deals with Netflix and Spotify as he had been cut off financially by King Charles following Megxit. However, a senior spokesperson at Clarence House claimed soon after that Charles paid Harry a “substantial sum” to help him with his move to America.
“Prince Charles had allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition and that the funding ceased in the summer of last year,” said a spokesperson as per ITV. “As we'll all remember in January 2020 when the Duke and Duchess [of Sussex] 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 spokesperson, however, refused to reveal the exact amount of money Harry was paid.
Meghan and Harry's claims had led to increased tensions with the royal family. However, the pair appeared to be back on good terms with The Firm during their stay in the United Kingdom for the state mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II. In the days following Her Majesty’s demise, the public witnessed a number of rare displays of unity between the Sussexes and the royal family.
Harry was seen standing by his grief-stricken father’s side after the death of his mother. Even King Charles spoke warmly about the pair and their new life overseas in his first public address as the monarch. Harry and Meghan were also seen reuniting with Prince William and Kate Middleton to inspect the floral tributes left by the well-wishers outside Windsor Castle. Nevertheless, it was reported that all efforts were in vain as the royal brothers were no closer to 'mending' their relationship despite spending more time together.
However, Harry is currently desperate to make last-minute changes in his explosive memoir as he feels some sections of the book will be deemed too insensitive after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier, reports claimed that the Duke of Sussex’s book, which was slated to be released by Penguin Random House, would be delayed because of the royal mourning period.