Prince Charles has made it clear he will stop funding Harry and Meghan if they quit their royal duties.
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’.
However, Meghan has returned to Canada leaving Harry to face the wrath of his ‘disappointed’ family, including father Charles and brother William.
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.
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 reveal that Prince 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. According to a statement attributed to him, Prince Charles said “he will not be writing his son a blank cheque”