The royal family responded to Prince Harry’s claims in a March interview with Oprah Winfrey that the family “literally cut him off financially” in the first quarter of 2020. Harry also said during the interview that he has what his mother Princess Diana left him £7 million. Keeping afloat and keeping his family safe has also helped him with his contracts with Netflix and Spotify.
And now the royal family’s financial statements for 2020-2021 have been released. A high-ranking Clarence House spokesman said: “As we all remember, in January 2020, when the Duke and Duchess announced they were going to leave the current royal family, the Duke said they would work to become financially independent. The Prince of Wales provided a significant amount of funding to support their transition. That funding stopped last summer, and the couple is now financially independent.”
Asked about the inconsistencies in the Duke’s words, the spokesman said, “I wouldn’t admit that they are drastically different. All I can tell you are the facts.” He described the couple’s departure from the current royal family as “a matter of great sadness” and added: “But the prince wanted to help in this effort, and has given a substantial sum to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to help them with this transition.”
Harry and Meghan’s public duties, as well as some private expenses, were largely funded by the Prince of Wales from his personal income of £22 million a year from the Duchy of Cornwall, not from taxpayer money, but from the money Charles receives because of his position as heir to the family. And this is despite the fact that Harry and Charles’s relationship, to put it bluntly, is not the warmest.
Taxpayers paid for the couple’s official travel and some of their office expenses, as well as an undisclosed amount for their security while they were full-time members of the royal family.
The annual report also includes a payment of £2.4 million from the Sussex’s to reimburse expenses incurred on the renovation of Frogmore Cottage, most of which was recognized as income for the year.
Clarence House’s annual review showed that spending on all princes’ activities and transfers to reserves in 2020-2021 was £4.452 million, down 21 percent from 2019-2020. Charles’ annual income from Duchy of Cornwall income fell to £20.4 million by £1.8 million, or 8%.