PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle’s whining about being cut off has “backfired” and shows how spoilt they are, a royal commentator has said.
The Duke of Sussex told the world he was “cut off financially” when he sat down for his infamous Oprah interview in March.
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But Prince Charles’ annual report, released last night, showed his youngest son received a “substantial” sum from him after Megxit.
Figures show he gave both the Sussexes and the Cambridges a share of £4.45million, despite Harry claiming he had been hung out to dry by the Firm.
It prompted The Telegraph‘s Robert Taylor to ask: “Where do you start with a whine like that?”
“Do they realise just how spoiled it sounds?”
Writing in the Telegraph, he goes on to note that “the average person in the UK earns less than 1 per cent of that gift”, with the situation looking “terrible” for Meghan and Harry.
Harry famously told Oprah he had been “cut off in the first quarter of 2020” – allowing the public to believe he meant January to March.
But the annual Sovereign Report shows Charles kept funding him and Meghan until the “end of the first financial quarter”, meaning they received dosh until the end of June.
Taylor says that given how rare it is for the Palace to weigh in on anything, “this all looks terrible for Harry and Meghan”.
“Once again, their attempts at PR have backfired, this time with an even louder bang,” he writes.
“Harry could have remained silent and dignified. In doing so he would have gained our respect.
“Instead, he has appeared self-obsessed, disloyal and spoiled.”
It comes just weeks after a Palace source told the BBC the Queen was “never asked” about the use of her name Lilibet for Meghan and Harry’s daughter.
And Royal fans and critics tonight hit back and blasted the pair for continuing to mislead the public.
They said the Sussexes never specified they meant the first fiscal quarter – and allowed the public to believe they had been cut off in the immediate aftermath of Megxit in early 2020.
One Twitter user fumed: “Perception is reality and the impression given [by Harry] was not the fiscal year. That is how the public interpreted it and it was not corrected.
Another added: “Haz misled the TV audience. This spin nonsense of fiscal year is a transparently desperate attempt to dig the Markles out of their own self-inflicted mess.”
It comes after Harry told Oprah back in March that he had been forced to make deals with Netflix and Spotify after saying he had been cut off by the Royal Family in the aftermath of Megxit.
“We didn’t have a plan,” he told the US chat show legend.
“That (the streaming deal) was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us.”
He told Oprah he stopped receiving financial support from his family in the “first quarter of 2020” and had to rely on money left to him by his mother, Princess Diana.
But he made no mention of the hefty sum from his dad.
Harry and Meghan tonight denied any contradiction in what they had said.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes said “it’s inaccurate to suggest that there’s a contradiction”, and insisted Harry was talking about the first quarter of the financial year from April 2020.