Harry and Meghan issue defiant statement amid Archewell furore after Nigeria trip (2024)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have praised their “unforgettable” tour of Nigeria amid a furore surrounding their charity’s paperwork.

The couple visited the country for three days to mark the 10th anniversary of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

Taking to their website, the couple described the unofficial visit as “unforgettable” and said it will be the “first of many memorable trips”.

The statement comes amid news of the state of California declaring the couple’s charity “delinquent”.

The Archewell Foundation was given the status after “failing to submit [the] required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees.”

It is now unable to solicit or disburse charitable funds and faces being permanently suspended or revoked.

According to reports, the charity was not aware of an issue with its paperwork, which it reportedly sent, but it has now reissued it.

The Archwell Foundation should be able to resume operations within seven business days, pending the successful receipt of the paperwork.

The news comes after King Charles yesterday revealed an unexpected side effect of his ongoing cancer treatment.

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King Charles gives very personal insight into his cancer battle

The King today revealed he has lost his sense of taste during cancer treatment.

The monarch, 75, was speaking to British Army veteran Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, this afternoon.

When Mr Mapplebeck said he underwent chemotherapy last year to treat a testicular cancer diagnosis and that he had lost his sense of taste during the process, the King revealed this had also happened to him.

The Palace has not yet confirmed details of the King's cancer or treatment.

Emma Guinness13 May 2024 13:44

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The Archewell Foundation’s mission

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s charity is in hot water after failing to submit its annual report and renewal fees on time.

The Archewell Foundation was classed as “delinquent” by the state of California after failing to submit its paperwork on time. It has since claimed that this information was sent but lost in the post.

Harry and Meghan founded the Archewell Foundation when they stepped down as senior royals in 2020 to “meet the moment by showing up, taking action and using our unparalleled spotlight to uplift and unite communities”.

Named after their son Archie, now five, the couple said the charity has a simple mission – “to do good”.

While the required information has now allegedly been sent to the relevant authorities, until the issue is resolved, the charity – which at one point was worth $13 million – can no longer solicit or spend funds.

Emma Guinness14 May 2024 11:09

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s defiant statement after Nigeria tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a defiant statement after their brief Nigerian tour.

The couple left the country on Sunday (12 May) after spending three days there celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games.

The brief visit marked their first overseas trip since stepping down as working royals in 2020 and it was undertaken in their capacity as private citizens.

However, it had many hallmarks of a royal tour and the couple subsequently issued a statement to say it would be the “first of many memorable trips”.

“The Duke and duch*ess would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all the event organizers, military officials and the whole Nigerian community for their tremendous hospitality and the first of many memorable trips,” they wrote.

The couple, who lost their HRH titles when they stepped down as working royals, remain the Duke and duch*ess of Sussex.

Emma Guinness14 May 2024 09:30

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Meghan Markle’s top aide gets defensive on Nigerian tour

Meghan Markle’s PR had her guard up during the Duke and duch*ess of Sussex’s tour of Nigeria.

Miranda Barbot, the Sussex’s Vice President of Programs and Media Operations, had an interesting response when a journalist wished the couple good luck on Saturday (11 May).

“Hope everything goes well today,” the journalist said.

“What do you mean?” she questioned. “What could go wrong?”

Barbot quickly realised that Saturday’s comment was about the grey skies and not the tour: “Ah yes, rain,” she added.

The remark was made ahead of a volleyball match at an outdoor sporting arena, where the couple were marking the 10th anniversary of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.

The continuation of the celebrations comes after the Prince suffered two apparent snubs while marking the anniversary in the UK last week - the first was his father’s decision not to meet him on his brief trip and the second was the news that Prince William was about to become the colonel-in-chief of Harry’s old military regiment.

Emma Guinness14 May 2024 09:00

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Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ beaten in every category at book awards

Prince Harry’s Spare was beaten in every category it was nominated in at the British Book Awards – even losing out to a puzzle book.

The 2023 memoir, which details the Duke of Sussex’s life in the royal family and subsequent decision to step down as a working member, suffered the losses last night (13 May).

The puzzle book Murdle by GT Karber was awarded Book of the Year at the London-based ceremony.

Meanwhile, Politics On The Edge by former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart beat Spare to be crowned the best narrative non-fiction book.

The Prince was also nominated for Author of the Year despite his memoir being ghostwritten, and he lost out in this category to Impossible Creatures writer Katherine Rundell.

Emma Guinness14 May 2024 08:31

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Harry is trying to shed his royal skin – but he’s a man who can’t escape his past

Even hardened Sussex critics took a sharp intake of breath when they heard that the King would not meet Prince Harry last week. The Duke fleetingly arrived in London to headline at an Invictus 10th anniversary celebration in St Paul’s Cathedral, but despite the religious framework, he was not greeted as the prodigal son by his father.

Quite the reverse. 2.6 miles away (yes many measured the distance) the King was otherwise engaged, welcoming crowds in a top hat at his first Buckingham Garden Party of the season.

The sun shone, but domestic clouds stubbornly persisted.

Read the full article from Tessa Dunlop here:

Harry is trying to shed is royal skin – but he his a man who can’t escape his past

The sight of Harry flying in, but unable to see his father will have saddened many. But, embarking on a ‘mini royal tour’ in Nigeria isn’t going to help heal family rifts which feel as raw as ever, says Tessa Dunlop

Holly Evans14 May 2024 07:00

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Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she calls Nigeria ‘my country’

Meghan reveals ‘exciting’ family discovery as she calls Nigeria ‘my country’

The duch*ess of Sussex has opened up about finding out she is partly Nigerian through a genealogy test. Meghan met with women in the West African nation on Saturday (11 May) and acknowledged Nigeria as “my country” during a speech. She said: “When I had done the genealogy and I found out about my heritage, the first thing I did obviously was call my mom because I wanted to know if she had any awareness of it and I think, being African American and part of it is really not knowing so much about your lineage, your background, where you come from specifically and it was exciting for both of us to discover more and understand what that really means.”

Holly Evans14 May 2024 06:00

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Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

Prince Harry shows off basketball skills as Meghan watches on during visit to Nigeria

Prince Harry showed off basketball skills as his wife Meghan watched from the sidelines on the third day of their trip to Nigeria. The Duke and duch*ess of Sussex visited Lagos on Sunday (12 May) as part of their visit to promote the Invictus Games. Wearing a pale linen suit and sunglasses, Harry joined in a game of basketball, much to the delight of his wife, who cheered him on. The prince celebrated scoring a goal by high-fiving his teammates.

Holly Evans14 May 2024 04:00

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King Charles reveals side effect of cancer treatment on rare joint engagement with Prince William

The King today gave a rare insight into his ongoing private battle with cancer as he attended a joint official engagement with Prince William.

Charles, 75, was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in February after a check-up found an unrelated, enlarged prostate that proved to be benign.

On Monday, he discussed the side effects of cancer treatments with British army veteran and cancer survivor Aaron Mapplebeck while visiting the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

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Prince of Wales officially receives command of his brother’s former regiment in further blow to Prince Harry

Holly Evans14 May 2024 03:00

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Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity found delinquent over unpaid fees and unable to fundraise

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archwell Foundation has been found delinquent over unpaid fees and warned it could face fines or suspension.

The delinquency notice was sent by California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta for failing to file its annual reports and renewal fees. As stated on California’s Department of Justice website, a notice is sent to an organisation after it fails to submit complete filings for each fiscal year.

The Sussexes’ foundation was established after they stepped down from their roles as senior working royals and relocated to the US in March 2020.

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Harry and Meghan’s Archewell charity found delinquent and unable to fundraise

The couple’s organisation could face fines or a suspension from the registry

Holly Evans14 May 2024 02:00

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