Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said there is no contradiction between Harry’s claim and the money they received (Image: Getty Images)

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said there is "no contradiction" between their claim that Prince Charles had "cut off" his son financially and the money they received from the Prince of Wales.

During their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Duke of Sussex said he had been "literally cut off financially" by his family "in the first quarter of 2020".

But Clarence House's accounts for 2020-2021 showed that Prince Charles’ private income paid £4.5 million to the Cambridges and Sussexes.

A spokesperson for Prince Charles said he paid a "substantial sum" to support Harry and Meghan in the months after they stepped down as senior royals.

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Prince Charles paid a 'substantial amount' to Harry and Meghan, a spokesperson said
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They added: “That funding ceased in the summer of last year. The couple are now financially independent.”

The Duke of Sussex told Oprah Winfrey in an interview in March: “[The Netflix deal] was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us.

"[They cut me off] in the first quarter of 2020.”

Harry said his family 'cut him off financially'
(Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for the Sussexes said there is no contradiction between Prince Harry's claim and the money his father gave the couple.

They explained the Duke of Sussex was referring to the period running from April to July – which is the beginning of the financial year in the UK.

The spokesperson said: "You are conflating two different timelines and it’s inaccurate to suggest that there’s a contradiction.

"The Duke’s comments during the Oprah interview were in reference to the first quarter of the fiscal reporting period in the UK, which starts annually in April.

"This is the same date that the ‘transitional year’ of the Sandringham agreement began and is aligned with the timeline that Clarence House referenced."

The Mirror has contacted Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's representatives for further comment.