A recent investigation has revealed that King Charles imposed a financial penalty on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pushing them to seek commercial success in the United States. The funding cut amounted to £700,000, and it was reportedly intended to force the couple to return to the UK and prevent them from overshadowing the future King. However, the move backfired, leading Harry and Meghan to secure high-profile commercial deals in the US instead.
In a three-year-long inquiry by Byline Times, it was discovered that an aide connected to Prince William was allegedly paid £4,000 by The Sun newspaper for leaking stories about Harry and Meghan. The royal household believed that the threat of exposure would compel the couple to come back to the UK, where their profile could be controlled. Anonymous whistleblowers confirmed these payments, causing disarray at The Sun.
Despite an inquiry by the Metropolitan Police, the lack of identified whistleblowers hindered further investigation. This series of events ultimately led to the breakdown of the ‘Sandringham Agreement’, which was designed to allow Harry and Meghan to separate from the intrusive British media while continuing their public service roles in North America.
Although two internal investigations by the Royal Family cleared the aide in question, the Sussexes faced pressure to change their legal papers. They refused, prompting King Charles to sever their financial support, even though their security threat level was comparable to that of the monarch.
Rather than returning to the UK as expected, the financial isolation propelled Harry and Meghan into securing lucrative commercial deals in the United States. This has caused ongoing friction within the British Royal Family and has led to Prince Harry’s book, ‘Spare’, and other public ventures. The Royal Family had hoped that the threat of financial and reputational ruin would compel the couple to come back to the UK, but instead, it has intensified discord and created numerous commercial opportunities for the Sussexes, potentially altering the dynamics within the British Family.
Overall, the investigation has shed light on the tumultuous relationships within the Royal Family and the unintended consequences of imposing financial sanctions on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The story highlights the challenges faced by the couple and the impact it has had on their public and commercial endeavors.