Sussex Royal, founded by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their split from The Royal Foundation, is set to be reviewed by the Charity Commission. The former philanthropic organisation of Harry and Meghan is being reviewed on how it was run and whether it adhered to charity law.
The review, known as a “regulatory and compliance case”, is looking at how the organisation was closed down in July following The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to the United States.
Speaking to The Telegraph , lawyers for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex commented, “Sussex Royal was managed by a board of trustees which made decisions about the charity in accordance with its constitutional document and the requirements of charity law. Therefore, any suggestion of mismanagement or decision making being handled in ‘rash’ fashion solely by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be entirely false.”
The case is not an investigation however if the Charity Commission does find wrongdoing, then formal regulatory advice can be issued or an official warning given.
In July 2020, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was reviewed by the Charity Commission after anti-Monarchy group, Republic, asked the charity to look into £300,000 worth of grants, including £145,000 given to Sussex Royal. The Charity Commission found it was appropriate for The Royal Foundation to transfer funds to Sussex Royal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently have their Archewell organisation, which is named after their son, Archie.
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