Prince Harry warned rash action will ‘add fuel to fire’ after Duke ‘surprised’ by backlash

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Anti-monarchy group, Republic, have referred the Royal Foundation to the Charity Commission, claiming money given to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s charity endeavours was an “inappropriate use of charitable funds”. The Duke of Sussex’s response to the accusation was said to have “made more of this story than necessarily warranted”. ITV Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson noted the difference in responses between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

A spokesperson for Kate and William said: “The grants made to Sussex Royal were to support the charitable work of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“They were fully in line with governance requirements and were reported transparently.”

Prince Harry issued a significantly longer response through his legal team.

Ms Robinson said that they may have felt that due to the nature of the accusations they wanted to provide a further comment.

She told listeners: “A lot of people have said the response made more of this story than necessarily warranted.

“The Royal Foundation’s had two lines. That deals with it, and it goes away.

“But by putting out paragraph after paragraph, there is much more that can then be reported and said about this.

“So it’s sort of adding fuel to the fire.”

Excerpts from Harry’s statement include saying it was “deeply offensive to see false claims made about the Duke of Sussex and his charitable work”.

They continued: “It is both defamatory and insulting to all the outstanding organisations and people he partnered with.

“To suggest otherwise in unequivocally wrong and will be acted on accordingly with the weight of the law.”

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Mr Ship said: “Republic isn’t going to put out reports or press releases that support the monarchy.

“It’s whole purpose is for the abolition of the monarchy, I don’t know why Harry was so surprised about that.

“It is the job of pressure groups to create publicity around their cause, and they have successfully done that. Or you could say Harry has successfully done that.”

A legal letter will be issued to Republic in due course.

The Charity Commission put out a statement saying they have not made any determination of wrongdoing.

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