Royal Family latest news – Prince Charles 'gave substantial sum' to Harry & Meghan despite 'cut off' claims to Oprah

PRINCE Charles gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a “substantial sum” during their transition from royal life in the US.

Harry claimed in March his family “cut him off” when he movedto the US – months before he and wife Meghan struck deals with Netflix and Spotify reportedly worth £89million.

But Clarence House accounts covering the year from April 2020 reveal Charles supported both his sons and their wives to the tune of £4.5m.

It is unclear how much went to the Sussexes but a senior Clarence House spokesman said yesterday it was “substantial”, adding: “That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FEUDING WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY, ROYAL COMMENTATOR SAYS

    Meghan and Harry have shot themselves in the foot with an “unwinnable battle” against the Royal Family, according to a royal commentator

    Since stepping down as senior royals last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since hit out at the institution they left.

    They have heavily criticised the Firm, both in terms of its structure and individuals within it. However, the Royal Family has stood firm and together, refusing to bow to the attacks and only responding in the most minimal way.

    Royal commentator Robert Taylor wrote in The Telegraph that the Sussexes are waging an “unwinnable PR battle” against the giant and ancient structure of the British Royal Family.

    “One thing we’ve learned over the last few months is that both Harry and Meghan have experienced significant blows to their mental health.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE HARRY ATTEMPTED TO HIDE QUEEN'S 'FIRM REJECTION' OF MEMORIAL REQUEST, AUTHOR CLAIMS

    The Queen and Prince Harry came into contact over his request for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph, however reports suggest he tried to keep it secret.

    Prince Harry tried to hide the Queen's "firm rejection" of his request to have a wreath laid in London on Remembrance Day, a new royal book claims.

    In a new chapter of his book Battle of Brothers, royal author Richard Lacey describes how Meghan and Harry, who had moved to LA, weren't able to come to the UK for the ceremony due to Covid restrictions.

    Lacey writes: "While Andrew's disgrace had rendered his presence out of the question, Harry had planned to attend the ceremony until COVID-19's unexpected autumn spike-back – so he asked Buckingham Palace if a wreath could be laid on his behalf."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    CONTINUED: A ‘WELL-CRAFTED SHAM’: THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS OF HARRY AND WILLIAM AT PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL

    As the pair removed their black facemasks, lip readers claim that Harry told his brother that the funeral service "was as he wanted", according to Express, referring to the late Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away at the age of 99 on April 9.

    Lip readers claim the Duke of Cambridge, 39, said in response, "yes, it was great, wasn't it" as they walked behind Prince Philip's coffin before the service at Windsor Castle.

    Despite the small talk, body language expert Judi James told Fabulous that there is more to the photos from the funeral day than meets the eye.

    She explained: “The body language cues at the funeral suggested we were watching a well-crafted sham. 

    "Why well-crafted? Because the brothers avoided the kind of over-congruent ‘denial’ display pitched solely at the cameras that Kate and Meghan performed as they chatted together like best friends on the Xmas Day walk to the church at Windsor."

    Read the full story here

  • Harvey Lindsay

    A 'WELL-CRAFTED SHAM': THE REAL STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOS OF HARRY AND WILLIAM AT PRINCE PHILIP'S FUNERAL

    Royal fans watched as Prince Harry and Prince William appeared to make the first steps in repairing their relationship at Prince Philip’s funeral – but was it all for show?

    Experts have claimed the seemingly-touching photos of the brothers amicably chatting together were simply a “well-crafted sham”.

    After the ceremony in April, the feuding siblings talked as they walked away from St George’s Chapel in their first reunion since Harry’s toxic Oprah Winfrey interview. 

    It seemed to be a hopeful first step towards a reconciliation, but royal historian Robert Lacey said in his book Battle of Brothers, serialised in Times2, tensions were actually extremely frosty.

    He said: "It was not by accident that neither Anne [the Princess Royal] nor Sophie [the Countess of Wessex] exchanged a public word with Harry in the course of the afternoon."

  • Harvey Lindsay

    PRINCE PHILIP HAD CONCERNS OVER MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BEHAVIOUR BEFORE HIS DEATH

    Prince Philip was worried about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “preoccupation with their own problems” as he lay in a hospital bed just weeks before his death, a close friend of his has claimed.

    According to Philip’s friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth, the Duke was “unconcerned” by this, royal historian Robert Lacey claims in The Times.

    “What did worry him, said Brandreth, was “the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems”, Mr Lacey said.

    According to Mr Lacey, Brandreth was told by “someone close to Philip” that the Duke thought the couple’s interview with Oprah was “madness” and that “no good would come of it”.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    LORRAINE KELLY AIMS AT PRINCE HARRY OVER CHARLES FUNDING 'SON IN HIS THIRTIES'

    ITV presenter Lorraine, has voiced her opinion over claims the Duke and Duchess of Sussex rejected the title of Earl of Dumbarton for their son Archie because it contained the word 'dumb'

    Lorraine Kelly, 61, took aim at Prince Harry, whilst she questioned how long Prince Charles would continue to fund a "son in his thirties".

    Lorraine said: "Prince Harry is making headlines this morning, not for the first time, after claims he was cut off financially during that interview with Oprah.

    "Well, these claims have now been cast into doubt according to newly published royal accounts. Prince Charles did actually continue to fund him after he stepped down as a senior royal and, to be honest, how long do you keep funding your kids? I mean, he's in his late thirties!"

  • Harvey Lindsay

    CONTINUED: MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S ‘LIES’ ABOUT BEING CUT OFF FROM FAMILY PUT OPRAH INTERVIEW CLAIMS IN DOUBT, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Royal author Phil Dampier told The Sun Online it should be “added to a long list of things said in the Oprah interview which weren’t true”.

    He added: “Harry’s people are claiming his statement about being cut off financially is not contradicted by the annual royal report because it refers to the first quarter of the financial year.

    “But perception is everything and the impression he gave in the Oprah interview was that he had been cut off by his father.

    “He didn’t qualify it by saying he had been paid up to a point, but then cut off.

    It comes after Piers Morgan blasted Meghan for 17 “untrue, exaggerated or unprovable” slurs against the Royal Family.

    He described Meghan as a “delusional actress who wants to make millions off the royals while trashing the family”.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S ‘LIES’ ABOUT BEING CUT OFF FROM FAMILY PUT OPRAH INTERVIEW CLAIMS IN DOUBT, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s “lies” about being cut off by the Royal Family have put the other 17 Oprah Winfrey claims they made in doubt, an expert said today.

    The Duke of Sussex told the world he was “cut off financially” when he sat down for his infamous interview with Oprah earlier this year.

    However Prince Charles’ annual report, released last night, showed his youngest son received a “substantial” sum from him after Megxit.

    Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by his own family.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    ‘CONTROLLING’ MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ACCUSED OF ‘ONLY CARING ABOUT IMAGE’ AFTER REFUSING EARL TITLE FOR ARCHIE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “dumb” and “only care about their image” after reportedly refusing the Earl of Dumbarton title for Archie, a royal expert said today.

    It came to light today after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have rejected the Earl title for Archie because it contained the word “dumb”.

    But royal author Phil Dampier today accused the couple of simply wanting to “control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public”.

    He told The Sun Online: “Turning down the title because it had the word ‘dumb’ in it shows the fundamental lack of knowledge that Meghan has about royalty and British history.

    “To reject using it for this reason is dumb itself, you can’t just alter or dismiss ancient titles when it suits you.

    “It shows how much Harry and Meghan care about their image and want to control every aspect of their lives and how they are perceived by the public, particularly in the US, where their future lies.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    QUEEN EXPRESSED ‘GRAVE CONCERNS’ WHEN PRINCE WILLIAM PROPOSED TO KATE MIDDLETON

    Kate Middleton is now a popular member of the royal family after marrying Prince William in 2011, however royal experts say the Queen once had reservations about her Kate.

    Royal expert Katie Nicholl claims Her Majesty always liked Kate, but was worried she didn’t have an identity of her own before she married into the Royal Family.

    In her book, The Making of a Royal Romance, Katie writes: “Privately she had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.”

    The Queen wasn’t the only one, with royal correspondent Phil Dampier sharing claims, saying the Queen was worried about Kate’s work ethic.

    Phil told express.co.uk: “Kate was William’s girlfriend for eight or nine years before they got engaged and got married.

    “The Queen once remarked Kate doesn’t do very much so I think she had a fairly long entrance to the Royal family.”

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY PAY BACK £2.4M OF TAX PAYERS CASH USED TO RENOVATE UK HOME

    Royal finances reveal the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid back the taxpayers’ cash used to revamp their UK home and five months of rent after quitting the Firm

    The couple have yet to answer questions over the money after quitting the property along with the UK for a quiet life in the US.

    They handed the keys to cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack after their bombshell announcement that they were stepping down as senior royals and will “work to become financially independent, despite a gigantic £4.45Million pay out from Prince Charles.

    The Royal Household’s Sovereign Grant Report “includes a £2.4m payment from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to reimburse the Sovereign Grant for expenditure incurred on the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, most of which was recognised as income in the year”, the palace’s website says.

  • Harvey Lindsay

    MEGHAN MARKLE ‘BULLYING’ PROBE BEING PAID FOR OUT OF THE QUEEN’S OWN POCKET TO SPARE TAX PAYERS, SOURCES CLAIMS

    The Queen has reached into her own pocket to pay for the investigation into claims of bullying by Meghan Markle.

    The palace launched a probe this year amid claims the Duchess of Sussex bullied two senior members of staff when she was a senior royal.

    A royal source said: “There is no Sovereign Grant money spent on this review. It’s private. It is met privately. It’s not public money.”

    Former communications chief, Jason Knauf claimed Meghan’s alleged treatment of staff was “totally unacceptable”, adding that she “seems intent on always having someone in her sights”.

    One courtier also claimed that the duchess “governed by fear” while it was also reported there was a “febrile” atmosphere.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCE WILLIAM CAN ‘NO LONGER HIDE’ ANGER AT MEGHAN MARKLE FOR DISRESPECTFUL COMMENTS ABOUT THE QUEEN

    Prince William can “no longer hide” his outrage at Meghan Markle for her comments about The Queen during an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

    This comes as the Royal Family continues to handle backlash of the Sussexes’ Oprah interview, which included Meghan’s claim that an unnamed royal made comments on Archie’s skin colour before he was born.

    Meghan cleared up the speculation that she made Kate cry, telling her side of the story, whilst suggesting it was the other way around. 

    A senior royal insider said: “Much has been made of the troubles between Kate and Meghan, and William and Harry—but perhaps the biggest strains now exist between William and Meghan.

    “First and foremost, William cannot countenance the way Meghan has treated his wife,” the insider continued, before suggesting that despite Kate attempting to help Meghan navigate royal life, her efforts were “constantly misinterpreted”.

    They added, “But to name Kate so publicly during the Oprah interview as the person who made her cry was beyond the pale. Meghan would have been acutely aware that Kate is powerless to fight back.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY LEAKS ‘REMAIN A PROBLEM’ AS ROYALS THOUGHT OPRAH CHAT ‘WOULD BE THE END OF IT’, AUTHOR SAYS

    It comes after Meghan and Harry’s explosive interviews about the royal family “remain a problem” despite the Royal Family hoping their tell-all chat with US presenter Oprah Winfrey would mark a “fresh start”, an author has claimed.

    Robert Lacey, a historical consultant for Netflix’s The Crown, believes the family can’t have “a serious negotiation” if pals of the couple keep chipping in and if leaks continue.

    Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Lacey said: “You just showed Gayle King, their friend, talking on television. 

    “I think the feeling was when it came to the Oprah interview, that – ghastly though it was with all these family revelations being aired – that was it, and that was a sort of fresh start, and then suddenly the family discover that, well actually, their friend Gayle King has more to say, then Oprah says some more, and the feeling was, you can’t have a serious family negotiation if it’s going to be talked about on American television the day afterwards. 

    “This remains a problem.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT FEUDING WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY

    Meghan and Harry have shot themselves in the foot with an “unwinnable battle” against the Royal Family, according to a royal commentator

    Since stepping down as senior royals last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since hit out at the institution they left.

    They have heavily criticised the Firm, both in terms of its structure and individuals within it. However, the Royal Family has stood firm and together, refusing to bow to the attacks and only responding in the most minimal way.

    Royal commentator Robert Taylor wrote in The Telegraph that the Sussexes are waging an “unwinnable PR battle” against the giant and ancient structure of the British Royal Family.

    “One thing we’ve learned over the last few months is that both Harry and Meghan have experienced significant blows to their mental health.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY SET TO STAY AT FROGMORE COTTAGE WITH PRINCESS EUGENIE

    Prince Harry will stay at Covid-secure Frogmore Cottage with cousin Eugenie and her husband when he returns to the UK.

    The house has been split into two so the Duke of Sussex can stick to isolation rules while he is there ahead of the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.

    The Duke will have to isolate there for at least five days before testing negative for Covid for the statue unveiling on July 1.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KATE MIDDLETON ‘HELPING PRINCE WILLIAM AND HARRY PUT ON A UNITED FRONT AT DIANA REUINION’

    Kate Middleton is helping William and Harry put on a united front during Princess Diana’s statue unveil next week, a royal insider has said.

    It’s set after the brothers are due to reunite for the second time since Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey at Kensington Palace when the Diana memorial is revealed on July 1.

    It comes after Kate acted as a peacemaker between Harry and William as they shared a private chat while walking away from Prince Philip’s emotional funeral in April.

    A source said: “Harry and William have only communicated by text since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. There have not been any personal chats or proper talks, just a very brief and minimal exchange of text messages.

    “The relationship is still very much strained and there’s no sign yet that there will be any sort of coming together any time soon.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHEN WILL THE PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL STATUE BE UNVEILED?

    Tributes will be paid to Princess Diana next month on July 1 – what would have been her 60th birthday.

    It was commissioned by her sons in 2017 to “recognise her positive impact in the United Kingdom and around the world.”

    The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was delayed – but has fallen nicely on the Princess’s birthday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FIRST ROYAL MAJOR INVESTITURE SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE

    The first major investiture ceremony since the pandemic began will go ahead at St James’s Palace today – with significant changes brought in to keep the event Covid secure.

    Insignia will not be pinned on by the Prince of Wales but instead will be collected by the recipients from a cushion.

    Those being honoured will also have to wear masks as they move around the Palace, but can remove their face coverings in the Throne Room where the actual ceremony is taking place.

    Numbers have been scaled back with the prince set to greet 32 recipients, rather than around 100 as would have been the norm in pre-pandemic times.

    Recipients, who will collect honours ranging from knighthoods to MBEs, are only permitted to bring one guest, but the family member, partner or friend will also get the chance to meet heir-to-the-throne Charles.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EARTH SHOT PRIZE NEWS EXPECTED THIS WEEK

    Prince William has revealed that there will be news coming this week on the Earth Shot Prize.

    This was a recent prize launched last year by The Duke of Cambridge.

    The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.

    The Prize aims to to bring about change, and inspiring collective action against climate change.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HAS THE QUEEN NOT BEEN IN THE LOOP?

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘didn’t check with the Queen about newspaper legal battle or Sussex Royal trademark’ a royal book claims.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to trademark a range of items they wanted to sell a month after Archie was born in 2019 – without the Queen’s permission, claims author Robert Lacey.

    In his recently-updated book, Battle of Brothers, he said the Royal Family was “hopping mad” when they found out Harry and Meghan “failed to consult the Queen”.

    Mr Lacey wrote: “A month after Archie’s birth in May 2019, just at the time that their new separate identity from ‘Kensington Royal’ was getting started, Harry and Meghan decided to trademark a range of items that they would like to sell under the name of Sussex Royal.

    “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were planning to set up shop.”

    Read more here

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRINCESS DIANA ‘VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OPRAH’

    Simone Simmons, a pal and confidante of the late princess, said Diana thought the chat show host was “only after sensationalism” and showed a “lack of respect” to her interview subjects.

    The fierce revelation comes just months after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry let loose on the Royal Family in their explosive chat with Oprah in March.

    Harry claimed his dad and brother were “trapped” in the Royal Firm, while Meghan revealed she had had suicidal thoughts during her time as a working royal.

    The bombshell interview was a result of Meghan and Harry’s friendship with Oprah – who Diana, it seems, did not feel as comfortable to be around.

    In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, Simone Simmons tells author Robert Lacey: “Diana felt very uncomfortable with Oprah.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DEMANDING MEGHAN INFURIATED PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE WITH DEMANDS, BOOK CLAIMS

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to have got “exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted” as a working royal – in stark contrast to the Cambridges.

    In an updated version of the book Battle of Brothers, one royal correspondent tells author Robert Lacey how William and Kate are “proud to treat their staff like family”.

    The source said the couple recognise their workers “don’t get paid loads of money”, so they are “just really nice to them”.

    “So this was a very deep clash of philosophies,” the correspondent added.

    “With Meghan being used to a Hollywood service culture – getting exactly what she wanted whenever she wanted in that famous way that Harry said.”

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