During his interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Prince Harry commented that his family had “literally cut him off financially” in the first quarter of 2020 which attracted significant attention. However, now, officials working for Prince Charles have revealed to journalists on the financial arrangements surrounding the Sussex’s’ departure from royal life, saying that the Prince of Wales supported them with a “substantial sum” immediately after they stepped back.

According to reports, the latest information came to light as the royal household published its annual accounts for the financial year ending in March 2020. In addition to the Sovereign Grant report, which is published by Buckingham Palace and covers the expenditure of public money, Prince Charles’s household also publishes an annual review which shows how he has spent his income from the Duchy of Cornwall.

On expenditure in the last financial year relating to Harry and Meghan, a senior Clarence House spokesman said that Prince Charles allocated a “substantial sum to support them” with the transition towards becoming financially independent. The spokesman said this funding stopped in the summer of last year. A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan later clarified that Harry’s comments about being cut off in the first quarter of 2020 were referring to the first quarter of the financial year which began in April 2020. The couple officially left royal life at the end of March 2020.