Prince Harry, Prince William Asked to Respond to Mismanagement of Funds Claim

Prince Harry's former charity and Prince William's foundation have been asked by a watchdog to respond to allegations they mismanaged more than $350,000 of funds.

The Charity Commission is still deciding whether to launch a full inquiry into Sussex Royal, set up by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and The Royal Foundation, run by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Anti-monarchy campaigners Republic accused the two organizations of inappropriate use of funds and putting the relationship between the brothers ahead of the interests of their causes.

The watchdog's staff have now asked Sussex Royal and The Royal Foundation for evidence.

A spokesperson told Newsweek: "We have now contacted the charities Sussex Royal, the foundation of the duke and duchess of Sussex and The Royal Foundation of the duke and duchess Of Cambridge for further information.

"We cannot comment further at this time."

The request does not imply wrongdoing and is part of the process through which the commission will decide whether to launch a formal investigation.

The Royal Foundation was once home to charity projects for the two princes and their wives back when the British media nicknamed them the "fab four."

However, following a rift between the brothers, the charity split, with Prince Harry and Meghan forming Sussex Royal and taking some funds with them.

Prince William and Prince Harry Anzac Day
Prince William and Prince Harry attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Max Mumby/Getty

That in turn was forced to close when Queen Elizabeth II ruled the couple could not trade off their royal connection after stepping back from their official duties this year.

Money from Sussex Royal was then moved to eco-tourism venture Travalyst, a non-profit company.

Republic's letter states: "The Royal Foundation gave a grant of £145,000 ($183,000) to Sussex Royal and £144,901 ($183,057) to a non-charitable organization (Travalyst).

"In both instances it appears the only rationale for the decision was the personal relationship between two patrons, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge."

After the pressure group's chief executive Graham Smith's public attack, Prince Harry called in his lawyers, threatening the "weight of the law."

Prince Harry's legal team said: "Travalyst (which was founded within Sussex Royal) is a non-profit organization for which The Duke receives no commercial or financial gain, as is the case with all of his charitable commitments.

"The Duke has not, nor has he ever, had any personal financial interest in his charitable work.

"The interest has always been clear: to support others and to make a positive difference.

"Had the appropriate course of action been followed for these false allegations, it would have clearly demonstrated that anything related to Sussex Royal, Travalyst, or any of the Duke's charitable endeavours is transparent and above board.

"To suggest otherwise is unequivocally wrong and will be acted upon accordingly with the weight of the law.

"The avenue through which this was publicly and salaciously created only suggests a hunger for media attention as well as a shared and attacking agenda, which is neither right nor just."

A spokesperson for The Royal Foundation said at the time: "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."

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