Prince Harry’s claims that he was cut off financially from the royal family when he and his wife Meghan stepped down from their senior roles have seemingly been debunked by the release of royal bank documents that show he was bankrolled a “substantial sum”, but Harry has been quick to hit back in what’s being described as “self-obsessed” and “snotty” attempt to correct the record.
In 2020, following Harry and Meagan’s dramatic exit from their royal life, the Prince told to Oprah Winfrey that they were financially cut off from the royal purse and only able to survive thanks to an inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana. During the interview, the 36-year-old duke complained about the sudden loss of support, telling Oprah that his family “literally cut me off financially”.
On Thursday however, Prince Charles’ office released financial audit documents (an annual tradition for senior members of the royal family) revealing Harry was bankrolled a “substantial sum” by his dad after Megxit, The Telegraph reported. The documents revealed Charles had given Harry and his brother Prince William, a total of over $8.23 million in the last financial year.
According to a Clarence House spokesman Harry and his family received a “substantial sum” even after they had stepped away from their roles as senior royals, with the support ending last summer. The spokesperson said their departure was “a matter of enormous sadness to the family,” however Charles supported them because he “wanted to help make this work”.
“As we all remember in January 2020 when the Duke and Duchess 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 spokesman said. “The Prince of Wales … allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition.
“I betray no confidence when I say they’ve been very successful in becoming financially independent,” said the spokesperson, in reference to the couple’s recent Netflix and Spotify deals.
However, Harry was quick to hit back at the claims, with a spokesperson for the couple telling reporters the documents put an unfair spin on the finances by “conflating two different timelines”, insisting that Harry’s claim about being cut-off was from after the period addressed in the audit.
“It’s inaccurate to suggest that there’s a contradiction,” the spokesperson said. “The Duke’s comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.”
But while the Sussexes were trying to correct any inaccurate reporting around the fund, the public and the media hasn’t take too well to his comments.
“Do they realise just how spoiled it sounds?” The Telegraph’s Robert Taylor said, adding, “the average person in the UK earns less than one per cent of that gift?
“And do they appreciate just how ungrateful it looks to accept a handout of that scale, and then publicly denigrate the man who gave it, saying he’d cut them off?
“These are not snotty youngsters. They’re mature adults. Frankly, I’d be ashamed to be living off my parents at that age, however much security I needed to pay for. There comes a time – and it shouldn’t take until 36 – when you need to buy your own dinner,” Taylor wrote, saying Harry came across as “self-obsessed, disloyal and spoiled”.