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Harry and Meghan continue to thrive while the rest of the royal family circles the drain

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, in 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan (Photo: Shutterstock)

The British Royal Family has been having a dire week, but it’s the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, who are trending on Twitter. Why? Because some people have been shocked by the contrasting ways the royals appear to treat different members of “the firm”.

As you will already know, Prince Andrew reached a financial settlement with Virginia Giuffre this week over sexual abuse allegations dating back 20 years. He has always denied the allegations.

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This means the civil case brought against him will be dismissed. In legal documents, the Prince’s team stated he will, “make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights.”

Most observers presume this will be in addition to Giuffre herself, with speculation ranging between £7-£12million ($9-$16million). The British press is now analyzing just how Prince Andrew will pay that settlement.

Although he’s known to be selling off a luxury Swiss chalet for around £23million, the sale has not been completed yet and it’s not clear what portion of that money will receive.

He’s not known to own many other hugely valuable assets, so will his mom, the Queen, be helping him out? If so, there are demands that she does not pay him any of the money that she receives via the British government and UK taxpayers, but from her personal fortune only.

Then there’s Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne. Yesterday it emerged that police were launching an investigation into his charity, the Prince’s Foundation.

There have been allegations that some donors may have given large sums of money to the charity in exchange for potential honors (medals, knighthoods, etc) or help to obtain British citizenship. Charles has denied any knowledge of such goings-on, although his former valet has already resigned over the scandal.

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Contrast this with a couple of years when much of the British media were attacking Harry and Meghan for inflicting damage on the monarchy. Just last month, Harry launched a legal bid against the British government to allow him to pay the Metropolitan police to provide private security to his family. The police had previously declined, saying Harry was no longer a working member of the Royal Family and therefore not entitled to it as a private citizen.

Unsurprisingly, many on Twitter have thoughts.

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