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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Meghan and Harry's charity in £130k bill to close the books 


When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit official duties, the Queen ordered them to stop using the word ‘royal’.

So, after publicly whining about how neither the Queen nor the Government owned the word across the world, the California-based pair reluctantly changed the name of their charitable organisation from Sussex Royal to the MWX Foundation. 

The new title covered their surnames, Markle and Windsor, with the X thought to be a short form for Sussex.

Now, however, MWX Foundation, of which Prince Harry was director, has been closed down, with the final liquidation report revealing that costs of £130,583 were incurred on winding it up.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to change the name of their charitable organisation from Sussex Royal to the MWX Foundation when they quit their Royal roles

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to change the name of their charitable organisation from Sussex Royal to the MWX Foundation when they quit their Royal roles

Documents published on Tuesday disclose that the charity received bills of £92,849 in liquidators’ fees and £37,734 in legal fees.

The expense to the charity amounted to £65,181. This is because liquidation costs were agreed at £27,447 with liquidators Smith Williamson.

A note to liquidators reports: ‘Time costs exceeded the estimate due to the communications with the Charity Commission, the current and former trustees and various discussions, enquiries with third parties and protracted correspondence with HMRC to obtain tax clearance . . . additional costs have been met by a third party. 

‘The remaining time costs are to be written off.’

Documents on Companies House show the MWX Foundation has been closed down with liquidators brought in

Documents on Companies House show the MWX Foundation has been closed down with liquidators brought in

It doesn’t disclose the identity of the ‘third party’.

There was a £213,000 surplus from the closure. This was paid in the form of a ‘grant’ to a ‘not-for-profit enterprise’, understood to be Harry and Meghan’s eco-travel firm, Travalyst Ltd.

Liquidators state: ‘In accordance with the terms of the grant agreement, we receive income and expenditure reports on the use of the grants funds to show they are utilised in accordance with the charity’s objects.’

The couple have started a new charitable foundation, Archewell, whose name originates from the Greek arche, meaning source of action, which inspired the name of their three-year-old son, Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex refuse to communicate with the popular Press.

Firth rips into Balenciaga ‘fashion’ trainers

Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth has hit out at fashion house Balenciaga for its new £1,290 trainers

Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth has hit out at fashion house Balenciaga for its new £1,290 trainers

Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth has put the boot into fashion house Balenciaga after it unveiled a £1,290 pair of trainers — which purposely come with holes, rips and scuff marks.

‘To buy something so destroyed is beyond offensive towards people I’ve actually met who wore shoes like this because they couldn’t afford even basic meals,’ says Livia, 52, the estranged wife of Oscar-winner Colin Firth.

‘What is Balenciaga trying to say? Fashion is art, yes, and provocations have been many during its history. But what is the statement here?’

She said the trainers, which are designed to look battered and destroyed, is 'beyond offensive towards people I¿ve actually met who wore shoes like this because they couldn¿t afford even basic meals'

She said the trainers, which are designed to look battered and destroyed, is ‘beyond offensive towards people I’ve actually met who wore shoes like this because they couldn’t afford even basic meals’

Posh pop star Florence Welch says her wild partying days are over. 

‘We go to fragrance bars instead,’ the ethereal singer reveals. 

‘When I had Covid, I was terrified I was going to lose my sense of smell. I woke up and I knew something was wrong. 

‘I have a big fragrance collection but I couldn’t smell anything. I was weeping and spraying perfume at three in the morning. 

‘When I told my friends, they were like: “Isn’t that a regular evening for you?”’

Horror as Dame Anna is stopped by the velvet rope!

American Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour was asked to provide photo ID to get into a theatre show in New York

American Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour was asked to provide photo ID to get into a theatre show in New York

Even with her trademark black sunglasses on, Dame Anna Wintour has one of the most recognisable faces in the world.

But that didn’t prevent her being asked to provide photo identification to gain entry to a theatre show in New York.

And, judging by her expression, the American Vogue editor-in-chief was not impressed. 

‘It did seem to be a case of “Don’t you known who I am?”’ remarks one observer.

Dame Anna, 72, who is said to have inspired Meryl Streep’s fearsome editor in hit film The Devil Wears Prada, had to present proof of Covid vaccination in order to enter the venue.

While she had no problem showing her vaccine card, a health compliance worker then asked for photo ID, a protocol for all attendees.

A video recording of the incident shows a publicist quickly jumping in to let the health worker know it was OK for Wintour to be let in without proof of ID.

Sir Geoffrey Cox, who raked in £1 million last year from his extra-curricular work as a barrister, has made another £100,000 for only 25 hours’ work. 

That’s £4,000 an hour and came from work he did for London-based law firm Bower Cotton, according to the register of MPs’ financial interests. 

The former attorney general, 62, has been criticised for spending so much time on outside work, particularly as during lockdown he also managed to cast his Commons votes by proxy from the British Virgin Islands, a Caribbean tax haven.

Four parties and a wedding for Viscount 

Viscount Newport was pictured with fiancee Eliza Liepina at Weston Park ahead of their wedding this Saturday

Viscount Newport was pictured with fiancee Eliza Liepina at Weston Park ahead of their wedding this Saturday

After securing her parents’ approval via video-link, the Earl of Bradford’s son and heir, Viscount Newport, and Latvian-born Eliza Liepina head to the altar on Saturday for the year’s most sumptuous society wedding.

‘It must be costing half a million — there are four parties,’ I’m told as excitement mounts at Weston Park, the former family seat in Shropshire.

‘There’s a dinner on Thursday, a drinks party on Friday, a black-tie dinner for 190 on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.’

Tantalisingly, the estate church holds only 120, so guests who ‘can’t fit in’ can watch on a screen in Weston’s dining room.

Never underestimate the scale of Sarah, Duchess of York’s ambition. 

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife is to bring out a series of ‘young adult’ novels as part of a 22-book deal with Australian publisher Serenity Press. 

The first of the three titles, co-written with Michelle Worthington, is called Demon’s Land, to be published next month. 

‘There’s just something about adolescence — with all its incredible triumphs and heartbreaking failures — that makes it the perfect backdrop for powerful storytelling,’ says Fergie, 62. 

The least said about Andrew’s contact with young adults the better…

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