Prince Harry is back in the spotlight. He spoke to the winners of the 2022 WellChild Awards on a video call in October 2022. While the Duke of Sussex excelled at “connecting” with the winners – and their parents – a royal expert believes the video is another ” problem” for him and Meghan Markle, namely making money.
At his mansion in Montecito, California, Harry chatted to the winners of the 2022 WellChild Awards on a video call following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 38-year-old, who was released on October 10, appeared to be speaking from his shared office with the Duchess of Sussex. To start the call, Harry had a chat with Henry Waines, 4, and his parents.
He said he has “no idea why” his name is Harry, when his real name is Henry. The Duke of Sussex also joked as Henry’s mum shared his name, inspiring her son’s.
Harry later offered updates on his and the Duchess of Sussex’s children Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, 3, and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, 1. “Archie is very, very busy. And Lili is learning to use her voice, which is great,” he said.
Seeing winner Isabelle Delaney’s Labradoodle on screen, Harry gave an update on his and Meghan’s dogs. “I have three in this house now. So we basically have five kids,” he said, before listing Labrador Pula and rescue beagles Mia and Guy.
“The three of them rush around chasing squirrels and giving us all sorts of problems every day. But they are also 100% emotional support dogs when they are well behaved.
“Harry is absolutely devoted to WellChild. He has worked with the charity for many years, royal expert Katie Nicholl told Britain’s GB News.
Harry’s involvement with the organization dates back to 2007 when he first became a patron.
“When you hear him and see him engage with these kids – and their stories are so moving and so beautiful and inspiring – I think, and I think most people would agree, that’s seeing Harry at his best. You really do,” she said.
“He has this amazing ability to connect with these kids and their families. And I think if that was the kind of work that we saw Harry doing and not these big deals to make money,” Nicholl continued. “He’s loved for it and he’s brilliant at it. He’s really good at that.”
“But it depends on the money. That’s the problem,” says the author of That New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown said. “You have to make money. They largely left the royal family to become financially independent. And with all the charity work in the world, it’s very hard to make that kind of money from it.”
Harry and Meghan skipped the 2022 WellChild Awards on September 8 after doctors raised concerns about the Queen’s health. Later in the day, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96.
Well before Harry’s WellChild Awards video, he told Oprah he’d been “cut off” financially from his family.
“My family literally cut me off financially, and I had to provide security,” he said in the March 2021 CBS interview. “I have what my mother left me and we couldn’t have done this without it.”
Per Vanity Fair, the proposal made Harry’s father, now King Charles III, “rather upset.”
Today, Harry and Meghan are financially independent. In 2020, they signed multi-year deals with Spotify and Netflix.
Content from the couple and their production company, which is said to be worth millions, was scarce except for one podcast episode until Meghan’s archetypes Podcast premiered in August 2022.
Another source of income for the couple is Harry’s unpublished memoirs.
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