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Charles was ‘relieved’ when Meghan and Harry came off Prince’s payroll before funding row

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The Prince of Wales has been in the firing line in recent months, as his son Harry has repeatedly criticised his parenting and the lack of support he provided to the Sussexes when they were struggling as working royals. Harry also told Oprah Winfrey in March that his family “literally cut me off financially” in the “first quarter of 2020” — even though he and Meghan promised to pursue financial independence when they first announced their royal exit in January last year. This criticism has raised eyebrows, especially as Charles’ official accounts from last year prove he was still supporting the Sussexes after they left the Firm in March.

The accounts show the Prince of Wales gave the couple “a substantial sum” — thought to amount to £2million — to help them cover their security costs in their new post-royal life.

This money came from his own private income, the Duchy of Cornwall, although the documents show Charles did stop funding them last July.

When Meghan and Harry’s lucrative Netflix deal was announced in September last year, the couple were praised for finding their own financial backing so quickly after leaving the Firm.

Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told the Daily Mail: “I imagine Prince Charles will be relieved as they will be off his payroll now, and the British public will be relieved because they can pay back what they owe now on Frogmore Cottage, so it’s a win-win situation.”

The couple used the money from their Netflix deal, said to be worth $100million (£72million), to pay back the £2.4million of taxpayer’s money used to renovate their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.

The Sussexes were said to pay a lump sum towards renting the property too, so they could continue to have a UK base.

However, Harry appeared to dismiss the financial support he had from his father during his Oprah Winfrey interview, and claimed that he and Meghan were only able to sustain their lifestyle through his inheritance from Princess Diana’s estate.

He told Oprah: “I’ve got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this.”

Princess Diana is thought to have left both of her sons a £10million estate each.

However, Harry’s claim that he was dependent on the late Princess’ estate is surprising, considering he and Meghan chose to then purchase a $14.65million (£10million) mansion in Montecito with a $9.5million (£6.87million) mortgage months before their Netflix contract was a done deal.

A source also told Vanity Fair: “Charles was quite upset at the suggestions he had cut Harry off.

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“Initially he didn’t and he went on to provide for some time, but there was a point when Charles decided enough was enough.

“The bank of dad couldn’t keep handing out indefinitely.”

During the Channel 5’s documentary, ‘Charles & Harry: Father and Son Divided’, commentator Emily Andrews said: “We are told the reason that Charles stopped taking his calls is because Harry kept asking for more money.

“Charles is not someone who likes confrontation so effectively he just stopped taking his calls.

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“Charles does not have a mobile phone so it is just literally phoning a switchboard and asking to be put through to wherever he is.”

Angela Levin, royal biographer, added: “Prince Charles loves Harry but there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough.”

Harry and Charles’ relationship is thought to now be at an all-time low, especially as the Prince of Wales chose to spend time in Scotland during the Duke of Sussex’s UK visit last week.

They reportedly spoke briefly back in April when Harry returned to Windsor for Prince Philip’s funeral, but their peace talks were unsuccessful.

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