Prince Harry and Prince William have decided to split their late mother Princess Diana’s memorial fund.
Both men decided to donate their portion of the fund to various organizations. William has attributed the funds to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Harry requested for his half of the fund to go to Sentebale, the organization he founded to honor his late mother and her work.
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The Diana Memorial Fund was established in 1997 after Diana’s death to continue her humanitarian work in the U.K. and abroad. Although the fund officially closed in 2012, The Royal Foundation still received money from legacies and other donors. According to its annual report, last year the fund received $27,000.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle detached from their roles in The Royal Foundation in June 2019 to start their own organization. A source shared with Entertainment Tonight at the time that the split was expected and added that the couples were “ongoing discussions about disentangling the finances.”
Prince William and Prince Harry have had a tumultuous relationship the past few months after Harry announced he and wife Meghan would be stepping down from their royal roles. Being in quarantine, however, has forced the brothers to pick up the phone and reconnect, especially when their father Prince Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus.
“There have been clearly some quite major rifts in that relationship, but things have got better and I know that William and Harry are in touch on the phone,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET.
“They have done video calls together, they have done a lot of family birthdays and I think with Prince Charles not being well, that really forced the brothers to pick up the phone and get back in touch.”