How Prince Harry is spending the newspaper damages money he won

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: ©Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: ©Karwai Tang - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

It's a good day to be Prince Harry: the royal has been awarded a substantial amount of damages from the publishers of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and MailOnline website, after they ran stories claiming he'd "turned his back" on the armed forces.

The Duke of Sussex was rightfully upset about the false claims and in court his lawyer, Jenny Afia, called the stories, which ran in October 2020, a "personal attack". The articles also claimed Prince Harry had "not been in touch" with the British Royal Marines "since his last appearance as an honorary marine in March", according to a BBC report.

It's a particularly cutting accusation for Prince Harry, as not only is he a veteran himself, but his work with the Invictus Games is a major passion project that provides invaluable support to injured servicemen and women.

Luckily, the outcome of the case went in Harry's favour and he accepted "substantial damages" by way of compensation – however, Afia said the win came about "after considerable damage was already done". She added that Harry was "proud to have served in the British armed forces for 10 years in Her Majesty's name" and "has maintained active links with those forces ever since and will continue to do so in the future".

She continued, "The duke's commitment to the men and women who have put their lives on the line, to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and to military families, is steadfast and unquestionable."

Now, royal fans are eager to know how Harry will be spending the sum... So, what do you reckon? A heart-shaped swimming pool? Will the prince install champagne taps in every room of the Montecito home he shares with wife Meghan Markle, and son, Archie? Will he wrap every single thing he owns – from cutlery to socks – in real gold? Just, like, for a laugh?

All jokes aside, the answer is clearly no – Harry has decided to donate the money to the Invictus Games, in a very noble and charitable move. It makes perfect sense and again goes to show just how false the stories about him turning his back on the organisation and veterans were in the first place.

Good for Harry for giving the money to such a worthy cause (and for taking a stand against the hurtful false stories in the first place)!

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