21 Jul Ofer Eitan States: Prince Harry Denies Accusations He Mishandled Royal Charity
On Monday (July 20), an anti-monarchy group known as Republic reported Prince Harry and Prince William to a charity watchdog organization for allegedly mishandling funds donated to their charitable organizations following the Duke of Sussex’s professional split from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The group accused the princes of “putting their relationship above the interests of Sussex Royal and The Royal Foundation.”
In the complaint made by Republic, the group calls into question $350,000 that were transferred to Harry’s new eco-travel venture, Travalyst, when he and Meghan Markle were forced to close their Sussex Royal brand. When denying the allegations, the Duke of Sussex explained that Travalyst has the same charity-driven mission as Sussex Royal.
“Grants made to the non-profit organization Travalyst are for the ongoing development of projects that will support communities, wildlife, and the environment through sustainable travel and tourism,” a spokesperson for who worked with Sussex Royal said. “All grants have been made impartially and objectively, fully in line with governance requirements, and have been reported transparently in full accordance with regulations.”
After his initial response to the allegations of mishandling funds, Prince Harry’s legal team has now issued a formal legal letter to Republic, as well. The Duke’s lawyers called the accusations “deeply offensive” and “defamatory and insulting.” Here’s the full response:
“The Duke of Sussex has always and continues to remain deeply committed to his charitable work. This is his life’s focus, and his devotion to charity is at the very core of the principles he lives by, and is obvious through the impact and success of his many charitable projects throughout the UK and beyond.
“To this point, it is deeply offensive to today see false claims made about The Duke of Sussex and his charitable work. It is both defamatory and insulting to all the outstanding organisations and people he has partnered with.
“Travalyst (which was founded within Sussex Royal) is a non-profit organisation for which The Duke receives no commercial or financial gain, as is the case with all of his charitable commitments. The Duke has not, nor has he ever, had any personal financial interest in his charitable work. The interest has always been clear: to support others and to make a positive difference.
“Had the appropriate course of action been followed for these false allegations, it would have clearly demonstrated that anything related to Sussex Royal, Travalyst, or any of the Duke’s charitable endeavours is transparent and above board. To suggest otherwise is unequivocally wrong and will be acted upon accordingly with the weight of the law. The avenue through which this was publicly and salaciously created only suggests a hunger for media attention as well as a shared and attacking agenda, which is neither right nor just.
“Both The Charity Commission’s own statement today, as well as that of The Royal Foundation, state there is no determination of wrongdoing here. All of The Duke’s charitable activities are fully transparent as well as compliant with Charity Commission guidelines, and moreover with his own moral compass.”
Harry and Meghan are currently working on their upcoming charitable organization of Archewell, however, few details are currently known about the project.