A fundraising campaign had been started on GoFundMe to pay Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s mortgage after the Sussexes announced that they had been cut off financially by the British royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan, have been in the news for the past week after their two-hour long explosive interview with American talkshow host Oprah Winfrey where they talked about what forced them to quit royal life. Their interview, which dropped one truth bomb after another, revealed details about how racism and mistreatment of the Duchess by the other royals drew the family out of Britain.
A woman from California, Anastasia Hanson, started the page on GoFundMe in order to raise US$10 million so as to help Meghan and Harry pay off the mortgage on their massive mansion in California.
Hanson insists that the page is not a joke and that she genuinely wanted to help the Sussexes through a rough time, according to reports. The page was titled ‘Harry and Meghan $5 Donation to Buy Home’.
The page, that was thought to be a joke, was removed after raising just £78.64 or $ 110.
In his interview with Oprah, Harry revealed that he was able to financially cut himself off from the British royal family only because his late mother Princess Diana left him an inheritance. He also suggested that she left him the money because she may have foreseen their current situation. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that they were currently living off the money Diana left Harry after being forced to step back financially from royal life after they decided to quit and move to the United States. In January 2020, Harry and Meghan agreed to give up their royal titles and stop receiving public funds as part of a settlement with the Queen that lets them spend more private time in Canada.
Last year, when Harry and Meghan were cut off financially, the question arose — how would they sustain themselves and their royal lifestyle? Turns out, they never had to worry about money in the first place. According to this 2020 report by The Street, Prince Harry was worth $40 million at the time and his wife, Meghan, was worth around $5 million as a successful Hollywood actor.
Plus, Harry had his late mother’s inheritance which was left to him and his brother, William, by Diana after her death in 1997. Princess Diana reportedly left each of her sons $10 million in the form of a trust that they would be able to access only when they turned 30. From the age of 25, the two sons would start getting $450,000 annually from their respective trusts. That amount should be worth around $13.8 million now, according to magazine Marie Claire.
The organiser, Hanson, told the media that she just wanted to help Meghan and Harry any way that she could. She said that she would do the same for anyone who needed a home. She also happens to live just 25 minutes away from the Sussexes, according to The Daily Mail.