Meghan and Harry: Chris Ship discusses finance
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Prince Charles’ office has insisted he paid a “substantial sum” to his son Prince Harry to help him and Meghan Markle with their exit from the monarchy. The Royal Family released their annual finances, the Sovereign Grant Report, which included details of the final quarter that the Sussexes worked for the institution. ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship explained how the Prince of Wales’ accounts compared between Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Sussexes.
He told Good Morning Britain: “I think it’s true to say that they used the opportunity of the Duchy of Cornwall reports coming out to point out that this ‘substantial sum’ was paid.
“By the way, we should be also clear that Charles pays for the work of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as how he used to pay for the work of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“It’s all kind of lumped together.
“In fact they even lumped it together with capital items, like lawn mowers for the garden shed.”
Mr Ship continued: “So you can never quite work out who gets what money.
“But that money that Prince Charles pays for his sons did go down last year.
“That kind of reflects the fact that Harry and Meghan left.
“It went from £5.7 million to £4.5 million.”
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The Royal Editor added: “But we’re talking here about the transition money that Prince Charles gave to Harry and Meghan.
“By all accounts, it’s a substantial sum.”
The Duke of Sussex claimed that he was “literally cut off” by his father during his candid interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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This is now being criticised in the light of Clarence House’s accounts showing Charles continued to give the couple money from the Duchy of Cornwall until about early summer.
However, the Sussexes’ spokesperson has claimed that this is conflating two different timelines.
They also added that it is inaccurate to suggest there is a contradiction.
They wrote: “The Duke’s comments during the Oprah Winfrey interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal year, which starts in April, the same date the transition of the Sandringham Agreement began.”
This would mean that Harry’s claims are in alignment with the Clarence House accounts.
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