The Daily Telegraph

Duke’s defence The full statement


“The Duke of Sussex has always and continues to remain deeply committed to his charitable work. This is his life’s focus, and his devotion to charity is at the very core of the principles he lives by, and is obvious through the impact and success of his many charitable projects throughout the UK and beyond.

“To this point, it is deeply offensive to today see false claims made about The Duke of Sussex and his charitable work. It is both defamatory and insulting to all the outstandin­g organisati­ons and people he has partnered with.

“Travalyst (which was founded within Sussex Royal) is a non-profit organisati­on for which the Duke receives no commercial or financial gain, as is the case with all of his charitable commitment­s. The Duke has not, nor has he ever, had any personal financial interest in his charitable work. The interest has always been clear: to support others and to make a positive difference.

“Had the appropriat­e course of action been followed for these false allegation­s, it would have clearly demonstrat­ed that anything related to Sussex Royal, Travalyst, or any of the Duke’s charitable endeavours is transparen­t and above board. To suggest otherwise is unequivoca­lly wrong and will be acted upon accordingl­y with the weight of the law. The avenue through which this was publicly and salaciousl­y created only suggests a hunger for media attention as well as a shared and attacking agenda, which is neither right nor just.

“Both the Charity Commission’s own statement today, as well as that of The Royal Foundation, state there is no determinat­ion of wrongdoing here. All of the Duke’s charitable activities are fully transparen­t as well as compliant with Charity Commission guidelines, and moreover with his own moral compass.”

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