The Sussexes raised only £37,000 for their US based Archewell charity while they spent more than that on legal fees to dissolve their UK charity Sussex Royal, according to account filings
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle raised less than $50,000 (£37,000) for their charities and spent more on legal fees, their accounts reveal.
The Sussexes’ charity Archewell, based in the US, stated it made less than $50,000 in 2020 while at the same time more than $55,000 was spent on legal fees to dissolve their UK charity Sussex Royal in the 12 months up to June, 2021.
The couple left the UK in 2020 and have been critical of the Royal Family in interviews with the American media since setting up home in California.
Companies House, in the UK, shows accounts for Sussex Royal which had its name changed to MWX in 2020, and is currently being dissolved. The filing reveals that there was $380,000 in its accounts in 2020 and that $55,600 was spent on lawyers.
Then the new charity Archewell was launched in April, 2020, and a bank account wasn’t set up until January, 2021, according to the filings.
In the US, charities that present accounts with less than $50,000 paid in, only need to file basic details which was the case for the Sussexes.
While there is little money donated to the charity, Harry and Meghan have said that they were not concentrating on the Archewell project at the moment with Covid the priority.
The Sussexes’ charities have been complicated from the start and courted controversy especially when they moved to the US.
Sussex Royal was launched in July, 2019, when a joint foundation with William and Kate was split.
Then the Charity Commission was critical of the way that a charity was set up and then dissolved as a waste of funds.
“A substantial proportion of funds went into setting up and then winding up a charity that was active for a relatively short period of time,” Helen Earner, the commission’s director of regulatory services, said in a statement last year, reported the Daily Mail.
“Trustees cannot predict future events when establishing a new charity -circumstances can change after a charity has been set up. But all trustees, before setting up a charity, should think about the longer term, and consider carefully whether a new charity is the best way of achieving the intended aims.”