The former Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has been reported to the Charity Commission by Republic – a campaign group who wish to see the monarchy abolished and The Queen replaced by an elected Head of State.
The decision to report the charity was made after it was announced earlier this month that Prince William and Prince Harry had decided to split the Diana Memorial Fund fees meaning any donations will be shared between their chosen charities.
Republic claim that the Royal Foundation gave a £145,000 grant to Sussex Royal as well as an additional £144,901 to Prince Harry’s non-profit sustainable travel organisation, Travalyst.
In a letter to the Charity Commission, Chief Executive of Republic, Graham Smith, wrote, “In both instances, it appears the only rationale for the decision was the personal relationship between two patrons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex. Neither patrons are trustees of the Royal Foundation, so there is also a question mark over the independence of the trustees of the Royal Foundation.”
The letter continued, “The Sussex Royal charity has since closed, and it is reported they will transfer all their funds to Travalyst… this appears to be a personal decision by a trustee (The Duke of Sussex) to fund another of his projects, rather than to ensure the funds are being used for the original purposes for which they were donated.”
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for The Duke of Sussex responded to the claims, commenting, “To this point, it is deeply offensive to today see false claims made about The Duke of Sussex and his charitable work. It is both defamatory and and insulting to all the outstanding organisations and people he has partnered with. All grants have been made impartially and objectively, fully in line with governance requirements, and have been reported transparently in full accordance with regulations.”
Prince Harry’s legal team also denied that there was any “personal financial interest.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex closed Sussex Royal earlier this year following their decision to step down as senior members of The Royal Family.