Harry And Meghan Oprah Interview: Harry Says Diana Always Knew He'd Quit Royal Family When She Left Him £10M Inheritance
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Prince Harry has said his late mother, Princess Diana, knew he would one day leave the royal family when she left him a £10 million inheritance.
Speaking during a groundbreaking Oprah Winfrey interview alongside his wife, Meghan Markle, Harry said he was "cut off financially" by his family in the first quarter of 2020.
"My family literally cut me off financially in the first quarter of 2020. I have got what my mum left me. I think my mum saw it coming. And I felt my mum's presence through this process," he told the chat show host.
Following her death in 1997, it has been reported that Harry and his brother William were each left with £10 million which they inherited on their 30th birthdays, as stipulated in Diana's will.
The Princess of Wales specified that her estate would be held in a trust to be shared equally between her two sons.
The couple told Oprah that they accepted deals with Netflix and Spotify, through their Archewell label, after the Prince was cut off financially.
Harry said: "We hadn't thought about it. So, there were all sorts of different options. And look, from my perspective, all I needed was enough money to be able to pay for security to keep my family safe."
The prince also explained that the Royal Family's decision to cut off his security was due to their "change in status", also revealing that he "pushed back" and explained it was a risk for them to be left without support, given that everybody knew where his family were living.
Prince Harry added that his family's move to California was made for their safety.
"It was desperate," says Harry. "I went to all the places which I thought I should go to to ask for help, we both did, separately and together."
"So you left because you were asking for help but couldn't get it?", Oprah asked.
"Yeah, basically," said Harry.
"We never left the family," added Meghan, before the prince explained that they just needed to "take a breath" from the "constant barrage" they were facing.
The Prince also spoke candidly about his mother and how she was treated after leaving the Royal Family.
"For me I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side," he said.
"Because I can't imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago, because it's been unbelievably tough for the two of us but at least we had each other."
The interview is set to be shown the UK on Monday at 9pm on ITV.