A ‘fundraising campaign’ set up to help Prince Harry and Meghan pay the £11million mortgage on their California home has been closed after raising just £78.64.
The GoFundMe page was set up by Anastasia Hanson, 56, from California, two days after the couple’s bombshell Oprah interview and titled ‘Harry and Meghan $5 Donation to Buy Home (£3.61)’.
Organiser Ms Hanson wrote on the page that the ‘jobless’ Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been going through a ‘very rough time’ after having funding for their security and lifestyle pulled by the Royal family, The Sun reports.
The page, which was thought to have been a joke, has since been removed from the website after raising just £78.64 for the cause – Ms Hanson insists the page was not a joke.
Speaking during their interview with Oprah, aired last Sunday in the U.S, Prince Harry revealed that the couple had been ‘cut off financially’ after they stepped down from Royal life abandoning up to £8.4million of funding and services.
Speaking during their interview with Oprah, aired last Sunday in the U.S, Prince Harry revealed that the couple had been ‘literally cut off’
The couple had been receiving a combined pot to help them fulfil their roles before they activated Megxit last year.
It included an estimated £1m protection detail as well as money from Prince Charles and the Queen for a role in public life.
The couple purchased their nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion in the exclusive neighbourhood of Montecito, California, last year – it is now thought to have tripled in value, worth an estimated £30million.
Ms Hanson, who lives just 25 minutes away from the couple in Ventura, told The Sun: ‘I like to help people and help them in any way I can. That gives me happiness. If you needed a home, I’d do the same for you. It’s a good deed.’
The organiser said she was aware that Harry and Meghan had signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify, thought to be worth £71million and £18million respectively.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey during their primetime interview that they ‘had no plan’ to ink multi-million-dollar deals with the ‘streamers’ when they first quit the royal family.
‘We hadn’t thought about it,’ Harry continued. ‘So, there were all sorts of different options. And look, from my perspective, all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to keep my family safe.’
The GoFundMe page read: ‘I am raising funds to pay off the mortgage for the Montecito, California home of Harry and Meghan. When they came to the USA they were without jobs and with limited funds.
‘They’ve stated that they’ve had a very rough time, so this fundraiser is a way to give help, compassion, and love by paying their home loan in full. I personally relate to mental health, racial equality, diversity, and inclusivity.
‘They both support these issues as well. Together, they can help bring healing and restoration to the whole world.’