Prince Charles to stop funding Harry and Meghan after their decision to quit

Prince Charles has made it clear he will stop funding Harry and Meghan if they completely ditch royal life, according to reports. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently get about 95% of their costs covered by the Prince of Wales who is said to be ‘hurt’ at not being consulted before their shock announcement to step back as ‘senior royals’. Last night the Queen ordered royal officials to come together with the Sussexes to find a swift solution to the crisis. However, Meghan has returned to Canada leaving Harry to face the wrath of his ‘disappointed’ family, including father Charles and brother William.

Prince Charles to stop funding Harry and Meghan after their decision to quit

On Wednesday evening, the Sussexes issued a bombshell announcement they were planning to carve out a ‘progressive new role’ and split their time between the UK and North America.

They said they were working to become ‘financially independent’ and would forgo money from the Sovereign Grant – taxpayers’ cash that funds the royal family. Following a year of particularly relentless media attention, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced Wednesday they would step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and—in a notable break from the past—work to become “financially independent.” In a joint statement posted to Instagram.

Prince Charles to stop funding Harry and Meghan after their decision to quit

However, questions quickly emerged as to how they would fund themselves as the bulk of their income is from Prince Charles and his lucrative Duchy of Cornwall estate. There are also questions over who will fund their security with costs expected to spiral if they spend their time between two continents.

Sources told the Times that Charles is willing to turn off the financial tap – worth around £2.3 million annually – if Harry and Meghan step away from royal duties entirely.

While he is unlikely to leave them without a penny, he is said to have made clear that any agreement over money depends on the details of their future role and will only be settled once that has been decided.

It is a marked change of relations between Charles and the Sussexes as he is known to have been close to Meghan and gave her away at the wedding after relations soured with her own father.

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