Prince Harry Given 'Substantial Sum' for Royal Exit by Prince Charles—Aide

Prince Harry got a "substantial sum" from Prince Charles after he quit royal duties, his father's spokesperson said.

The Duke of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey his family "literally cut me off financially" in the first quarter of 2020.

Accounts from the Prince of Wales' annual review show funding for the activities of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with £4.4 million ($6.1 million) assigned to the heading.

It is not clear how much of the total Harry got before the payments stopped, as Newsweek revealed, in the summer of 2020.

However, a senior Clarence House spokesperson told the BBC: "As we'll all remember in January 2020 when the duke and duchess announced that they were going to move away from the working royal family, the duke said that they would work towards becoming financially independent.

"The Prince of Wales allocated a substantial sum to support them with this transition.

"That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent."

The BBC reported Prince Harry was left $9.7 million by his mother Princess Diana after she died.

Harry and Meghan's spokesperson disputed suggestions from journalists that there was a discrepancy between the Clarence House account of the timeline and Prince Harry's.

Their spokesperson said in a statement: "You are conflating two different timelines and it's inaccurate to suggest that there's a contradiction.

"The duke's comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.

"This is the same date that the 'transitional year' of the Sandringham agreement began and is aligned with the timeline that Clarence House referenced."

Prince Harry told Oprah Winfrey: "My family literally cut me off financially and I had to afford security for us. Yeah, in the first quarter of 2020."

He added: "I brought what my mum left me. And without that, we would not have been able to do this, so touching back on what my mother would think of this, I think she saw it coming. I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process."

The financial data is the latest in an ongoing series of trans-Atlantic swipes between father and son.

The Duke of Sussex told Oprah how Charles stopped taking his calls while he was trying to negotiate his exit from the royal family in winter 2019.

He also described himself as experiencing "genetic pain" from his upbringing in a podcast appearance, suggesting his father's own childhood with the Queen and Prince Philip may have damaged him.

Harry told Armchair Expert: "There is no blame. I don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody

"But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on, basically.

"It's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway, so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say 'you know what, that happened to me, I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you.'"

And in the Me You Can't See Apple TV documentary, he accused his family of total neglect in response to his pleas for help dealing with the media.

He said: "My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'well it was like that for me so it's going to be like that for you.'

"That doesn't make sense. Just because you suffered that doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer.

"In fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."

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Prince Harry attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. Prince Charles attends a meeting of The Prince’s Trust Group at St James Palace on June 23, 2021 in London, England. Samir Hussein/WireImage and Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images