‘Delinquent’ Prince Harry, Meghan Markle charity barred from soliciting or spending funds

While some may believe there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may not agree.

The former royal couple received a bit of bad news earlier this month that their Archewell Foundation charity was declared “delinquent” by the California Registry of Charities and Fundraisers for “failing to submit the required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees,” according to Fox News.

As a result, the foundation is barred from soliciting or spending funds.

“An organization that is listed as delinquent is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds. The organization may also be subject to penalties and its registration may be suspended or revoked by the Registry,” read a document obtained by the network.

“Once you submit the delinquent record(s), you will be notified of the amount of any late fees that are owed,” the document added.

NBC News reported that the Archwell Foundation “has not paid its annual registration fees or submitted an annual report,” running with the old check got lost in the mail routine.

“A source close to Archewell said that the group’s initial check was lost in the mail but that payment has been resubmitted. The issue is expected to be resolved within days, the source said,” NBC News noted.

The charity, first registered in July 2021, was granted IRS tax-exempt status, with contributions to the organization being tax-deductible, according to Fox News.

“Archewell Foundation is an impact-driven nonprofit created by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Archewell Foundation’s core purpose is to uplift and unite communities – local and global, online and offline – one act of compassion at a time,” the registration document said.

“Archewell Foundation believes that compassion is the defining cultural force of the 21st century and, through its work, Archewell Foundation supports a growing community of partner organizations fueling systematic cultural change, the description continued. “Archewell Foundation listens to people and their communities, helps them to tell their stories, puts real action behind its words, and spotlights a new generation of leadership.”

Prince Harry and Meghan may have left the royal family and moved to California, but the couple still acts as if they are still endowed with royalty having embarked on a trip to Nigeria — Fox News said they were “invited by the country’s chief of defense staff, the highest-ranking military official.”

Interestingly, they are reportedly promoting mental health for soldiers, as well as highlighting Nigeria’s participation in the Invictus Games.

Tom Tillison

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