Prince Harry makes powerful statement about the proceeds from his upcoming memoir

Prince Harry's 'accurate and wholly truthful' book will be released in 2022

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex tours The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020
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Prince Harry has revealed that he will be donating $1.5 million of the proceeds from his upcoming “wholly truthful” memoir in support of a cause close to his heart.

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen on August 19 and revealed that he will be donating a substantial amount of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir to Sentebale. Earlier this year, royal fans were left delighted when it was announced that Prince Harry will be releasing an “accurate and wholly truthful” memoir. This highly-anticipated book will reportedly explore the “highs and lows” of his life in the Royal Family and will be published by Penguin Random House in late 2022.

It has since been claimed that Prince Harry could be set to repeat one of Princess Diana’s “biggest regrets” with this remarkable release. However, despite concerns amongst some that Harry’s book could reignite rumors of a “rift” between the Sussexes and the Royal Family with new astonishing revelations, the money from it will be going to an incredible cause. 

After helping his team to a 3:0 victory in the Sentebale Polo Cup, Prince Harry shared that he will be donating $1.5 million of the proceeds from his memoir to Sentebale.

The Prince co-founded the vital charity in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and it is committed to supporting vulnerable children in Southern Africa who are impacted by inequality, extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"The Sentebale Polo Cup is critical to securing the funds needed to advance this important mission, and I’m thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need," Prince Harry said in a statement.

"This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organisations and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it.”

He also reflected on the re-focused mission at the charity, declaring it’s about “addressing the most-immediate needs of vulnerable children in Southern Africa” and “helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care, and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future”.

Responding to the Duke of Sussex’s heartfelt announcement, the charity said in a statement, “The Duke is donating his time as well as honouring his personal commitment to donate a portion of his proceeds from his upcoming memoir by generously committing $1.5 million to Sentebale. 

“We are enormously grateful for The Duke’s personal contribution, which will allow us to continue operating at full scale and continue providing critical services to at-risk youth in Southern Africa.” 

Prince Harr with the children at The Princes foundation for children in Africa, Sentebale at the Chobe district

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The Sentebale Polo Cup is held annually and this outdoor charity match is the charity’s largest fundraising event. Sadly due to the pandemic, however, this year’s Polo Cup was not the large-scale occasion of previous years, with fewer guests than would normally attend. 

Whilst Prince Harry took part himself, it’s understood that Meghan Markle remained at their California home with their two children, Archie and baby Lilibet, no doubt supporting him as he made this powerful pledge.

Emma Shacklock

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