Harry's Africa Charity took £19,000 in furlough cash from British taxpayers

Prince Harry's charity for African children claimed nearly £20,000 in taxpayer cash during the Covid 'pandemic' despite the charity pulling in several million pounds.

The entitled Duke of Sussex took the extraordinary step of suing Her Majesty's Government over the withdrawal of his state-funded bodyguards, at the same time as his charity, Sentebale, claimed money from British taxpayers to send to Africa.

Over the pas two years, Harry's organisation claimed almost £20,000 of British taxpayers’ cash.

Newly released accounts disclose that Sentebale - which translates to 'Forget Me Not' in Sesotho - claimed £5,000 from the Government’s Job Retention scheme last year, on top of £14,000 in 2020. 

The claim was made even though the charity boasted an income of £3.1 million in the 12 months to last August, an increase of £736,000 from the previous year.

Whilst British taxes were being used to fund his African venture, Harry and Meghan signed a £100 million deal with American streaming giant Netflix and a rumoured £18 million contract with audio company Spotify, in addition to other income. 

The pair live in a nine-bedroom mansion in Montecito, California, which has 16 bathrooms.

Furlough allowed firms to claim up to 80 per cent of their workers' usual wages, up to a ceiling of £2,500-a-month.

Statistics suggest the value of claims made by furlough claimants from April 2020 to November 2021 cost the public purse around £70billion.

Total spending at the charity came to £3 million for 2021, against £2.8 million the previous year. 

Staff numbers also significantly increased to 104 from 64, comprising 66 in Lesotho, 32 in Botswana and only 6 in London. 

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