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Entertainment Harry and Meghan's last UK charity 'under investigation' by watchdog

05:52  07 march  2021
05:52  07 march  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Harry and Meghan ' s Sussex Royal charity ' under review from charity watchdog ' amid questions on 'how organisation was closed' when couple moved to US. According to UK charity law, a 'regulatory compliance case' falls short of a formal investigation . If the regulator finds wrongdoing, it can then issue formal regulatory advice or issue an official warning. It comes amid reports that the Queen has not been given an 'advanced copy' of Meghan and Harry 's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

THE Charity Commission is conducting a review of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle' s former charity .Sources told The Telegraph the watchdog is investigat. A Charity Commission spokesperson said: "Our regulatory compliance case is ongoing. We cannot comment further." The Commission had launched a probe last year into after campaigners complained to the Commission about "inappropriate use of funds". Both Harry and William faced a an investigation into the alleged misuse of nearly £300,000 of charity money, including a large sum given to the Sussexes' former UK

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's final UK charity before their royal exit, Sussex Royal, is being investigated by a charity watchdog.

The Telegraph reported today that The Charity Commission in the UK is conducting a review of the couple's philanthropic organisation, how it was run and if it complied with charity law.

According to reports, the case will cover concerns about how the charity operated before Harry and Meghan shut it down in July 2020, following their move to the US.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in March, 2020. © Getty The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in March, 2020.

"Our regulatory compliance case is ongoing. We cannot comment further," a spokesperson told the outlet.

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Replay Video. SETTINGS. OFF. HD. HQ. SD. LO. Skip Ad. The Charity Commission is conducting a review of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' s philanthropic organisation, The Telegraph can disclose. Well-placed sources have told The Telegraph the watchdog is examining how Sussex Royal was run and whether it complied with charity law. The "regulatory and compliance case" is understood to be looking at concerns about the charity before the royal couple decided to shut it down last July following their move to America.

Meanwhile Meghan and Harry are facing a Buckingham Palace investigation into their alleged mistreatment of staff while they were in Britain. Other claims the insiders made include It comes as the charity watchdog is reviewing Harry and Meghan ' s charity amid concerns about how it was run and whether it complied with charity law before it was shut down last year following their move to the US. Sources told the Telegraph the Charity Commission has opened a 'regulatory and compliance case' into Sussex Royal, though the watchdog has not yet determined whether or not there was any

The news comes just hours before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air around the world.

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Just the latest in a series of allegations and dramas surrounding the couple, there are few public details about the investigation into their former charity.

The Telegraph reports: "It is understood that the Charity Commission had not yet determined whether or not there was any wrongdoing at Sussex Royal."

If any wrongdoing is discovered, a formal investigation may be launched into the Sussex Royal charity.

Earlier this week Meghan was also accused of "bullying" royal staff during her time at Kensington Palace, as well as "misleading" the public about a controversial pair of earrings.

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Meghan , 39, is pregnant with her second child with husband Prince Harry . Last fall she shared the painful story of a miscarriage she suffered in July. Teigen also shared her experience miscarrying and previously defended Meghan . The couple, now living in a mansion in California after stepping down from royal duties in the UK last year, confirmed last month they would not return to their roles as senior royals and sniped at Buckingham Palace in a war of words over the decision. Since their departure and in the run up to Sunday' s interview, contentious press statements from the couple and Buckingham

Harry and Meghan ' s Sussex Royal charity ' under review from charity watchdog ' amid questions on 'how organisation was closed' when couple moved to US. We cannot comment further.' The charity watchdog first looked at Sussex Royal and The Royal Foundation last year after anti-monarchy group Republic asked it to examine nearly £300,000 of grants, including £145,000 given to the Sussexes' former UK charity . It is understood that the Commission deemed the transfer of money from the Royal Foundation to Sussex Royal appropriate, though some of the trustees expressed 'disappointment' by

a boy in a blue shirt: The Duchess of Sussex at a state dinner in Fiji, during her and Prince Harry's 2018 royal tour. © Getty The Duchess of Sussex at a state dinner in Fiji, during her and Prince Harry's 2018 royal tour.

The Duchess has denied both claims, and continues to battle press speculation as her bombshell Oprah interview draws closer.

Meghan and Harry reportedly have "no regrets" about the interview, despite facing weeks of drama leading up to its broadcast.

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"I don't get the impression from their camp that they regret doing this, this is what they've wanted to do for some time," royal commentator Katie Nicholl tells 9Honey.

"I think they feel like this was the right thing to do, they want the world to hear their side of the story.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle sitting on a bench: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. © AP Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

"I don't know how they feel about the timing because clearly the timing is unfortunate with the Duke of Edinburgh being unwell in hospital but I don't think there are any regrets on their side."

The interview will air midday on Monday in Australia, with talk that the Queen will respond to the tell-all after it airs.

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