Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop plans for charity foundation

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drop plans for charity foundation

Prince Harry reveals he and wife Meghan Markle have dropped plans for charity foundation in phone call with Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg

  • Prince Harry revealed he and Meghan had dropped plans for a foundation 
  • Duke of Sussex made the admission to Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov 
  • He said they would instead spend their time trying to ‘encourage real change’ 

Prince Harry revealed he and his wife Meghan Markle had dropped plans for a charitable foundation during an astonishing phonecall with Russian pranksters.

The Duke of Sussex made the admission to Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who posed as Greta Thunberg and her father Svante in calls on New Year’s Eve and January 22.

In the chats, which were posted online, Harry says he and Meghan, ‘decided there is probably enough foundations out there doing amazing work.’

He said they were instead taking the time to ‘think about how we can use our platform and how we can use our voice to try and encourage real change and real difference.’    

The Duke of Sussex insisted he chose to withdraw from royal life to ‘protect my son’ and said ‘we are completely separate from the majority of my family’ in hoax calls that give extraordinary insight into his state of mind as the couple quit this year. Pictured, the Duke and Duchess at their last engagement at the Commonwealth Day Service on Monday 

Harry and Meghan revealed last June that they were parting ways from the Royal Foundation, the charity they set up with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pictured, the ‘Fab Four’ at the first Royal Foundation forum in London in February 2018

In the bombshell hoax calls revealed by The Sun today, Harry spoke at length – to what he thought was the teenage climate change activist – about dropping his plans for a foundation. 

This comes after Harry and Meghan revealed last June that they were parting ways from the Royal Foundation, the charity they set up with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan’s joint Royal Foundation venture was intended to harness the star power of the four high-profile royals, but it lasted just 16 months. 

A spokesman for Harry have said today that they are not commenting on the exchanges.

In the hoax calls, Harry says: ‘I think at the moment, my wife and I, we were being directed towards starting a foundation but we actually decided there is probably enough foundations out there doing amazing work.

‘And there’s a hell of a lot of money being passed around the world and there are so many problems but we thought we’d just take a moment and see if there was some form of other organisation or different entity we could create that could bring people together, rather than us just starting a foundation. 

‘We don’t think the world needs necessarily another foundation from us.

‘So we are just taking a little bit more time to think about how we can use our platform and how we can use our voice to try and encourage real change and real difference as opposed to, you know, small incremental changes.

‘As we all know, the world’s problems seem to be getting bigger and seem to be happening far quicker . . . I think the solutions are far quicker to enable as well, but there needs to be a real shift in mindset. We try and do our best.’

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The two Russians claimed to be Greta and her father Svante, pictured right

Vladimir ‘Vovan’ Kuznetsov, 30, and Alexei ‘Lexus’ Stolyarov, called Prince Harry twice on a landline at his home on Vancouver Island. The pair then allegedly animated the conversation and posted it on YouTube

Two Russian pranksters Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov ‘tricked’ Prince Harry into believing they were climate change activist Greta Thunberg and her father Svante

After their first appearance as a foursome at the first Royal Foundation forum in London in February 2018, William, Kate, Meghan and Harry were dubbed the Fab Four. 

However, although the inaugural event was billed as an annual affair, just the single engagement took place. 

William and Kate remained with the original charity, renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Harry and Meghan then announced plans to set up their own foundation, before the Duke’s admission – in the calls – that they would instead focus their efforts on instilling ‘real change and difference’. 

What Harry said to fake Greta Thunberg after her was duped into opening up on Megxit, the royals, Trump, Boris and climate change

The Russian pranksters have managed to con other high profile people such as Elton John

On Megxit

‘You can call me whatever you want — Harry is fine. [Asked about Megxit]. Um, it’s, that’s probably a conversation for another time, there’s lots of layers to it and lots of pieces to the puzzle.

‘But sometimes the right decision isn’t always the easy one.

‘I can assure you, marrying a Prince or Princess is not all it’s made out to be!

‘And this decision certainly wasn’t the easy one but it was the right decision for our family, the right decision to be able to protect my son.

‘And I think there’s a hell of a lot of people around the world that can identify and respect us for putting our family first.

‘But, yeah, it’s a tricky one, but we will start a new life.’

On their new life in Canada

‘Oh no, I think it’s much better (than royal life). You forget, I was in the military for ten years so I’m more normal than my family would like to believe.

‘But certainly being in a different position now gives us the ability to say things and do things that we might not have been able to do.

‘And seeing as everyone under the age of 35 or 36, seems to be carrying out an activist’s role, gives us the opportunity to try and make more of a difference without being criticised (chuckles)’.

On being stripped of titles and losing royal privileges

‘No, no, again you mustn’t believe what you read, no one has stripped us of our titles.

‘Because of a technicality within the family, if we are earning money separately from within the family structure, then we obviously have been asked not to use our titles in order to make money, which we would never do.

‘But the press managed to jump on that to make it look like we had been stripped.’

On charity work

‘I think at the moment, my wife and I, we were being directed towards starting a foundation but we actually decided there is probably enough foundations out there doing amazing work.

‘And there’s a hell of a lot of money being passed around the world and there are so many problems but we thought we’d just take a moment and see if there was some form of other organisation or different entity we could create that could bring people together, rather than us just starting a foundation. We don’t think the world needs necessarily another foundation from us.

‘So we are just taking a little bit more time to think about how we can use our platform and how we can use our voice to try and encourage real change and real difference as opposed to, you know, small incremental changes.

‘As we all know, the world’s problems seem to be getting bigger and seem to be happening far quicker . . . I think the solutions are far quicker to enable as well, but there needs to be a real shift in mindset. We try and do our best.

‘I’ve spent many, many years being criticised by the media for doing all sorts of things and trying to change the way we think, um, and I can sympathise but at the same time applaud the work that all of you are doing because it’s not an easy time and the world is a troubled place and can be very easy to give up and I think what you guys are doing absolutely remarkable’.

On Donald Trump

‘The mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry is so big in America, he has blood on his hands.

‘But Trump will want to meet you to make him look better but he won’t want to have a discussion about climate change with you because you will outsmart him.

‘Whether you have an option to meet President Trump or an option to meet Boris Johnson, I think I would always.

‘It’s far more important to have an open dialogue and have conversation with these people than not’

On Prince Andrew

‘I have very little to say on that.

‘But whatever he has done or hasn’t done, is completely separate from me and my wife. We operate in a way of inclusivity and we are focusing on community. And so we are completely separate from the majority of my family.’

On Boris Johnson

‘I think he is a good man, so you are one of few people who can reach into his soul and get him to feel and believe in you.

‘But you have to understand that because he has been around for so long like all of these other people, they are already set in their ways.

‘They believe what they want to believe, they believe what they have been told.

‘What you are now saying to them is not only inconvenient but is completely against everything they have ever believed.

‘So that is what you’re up against, up against changing habits, as you know’.

On the climate

‘Unfortunately, the world is being led by some very sick people, so people like yourselves and (the) younger generation are the ones that are going to make all the difference.

‘People need to be woken up and the only way to wake people up from what effectively is a consciousness crisis is, I think, you need to be doing extreme things.

‘What you need to do is make real big changes that actually shock people, and it’s that shock factor that wakes people up.’

On the Election

‘The fact that our choice was between those two individuals in my mind, I think, probably creates more of an observation that the system itself might be broken.

‘There’s a lot that the leaders of today can learn and can listen to people like yourself.’

On using private jets

‘Unfortunately there is very few alternatives. We have to fly on commercial planes all over the world. Nowhere near as much as most people who do it for a night or weekends.’

‘Certainly for my family, to protect my family, from these people, as you can well understand.

‘I have to put protections and safety of my family first and these people are never-ending.’

On the media

‘The best advice I can give on that is to be able to see through the fear.

‘What they don’t understand is the battle we are fighting against them is far more than just us.

‘So I think one of the, what I’ve always believed, one of the strongest ways to change mindset and be able to raise consciousness and be able to create self-awareness among people, is to challenge the media and say you have a responsibility and you are accountable for everything you are feeding people because you are brainwashing people, so this is far bigger than just us.’

Bizarre exchange on Greta marrying Prince George

Fake Greta says she a distant member of the Swedish royal family

Harry replies with a chuckle: “Oh wow, so we are related?’

Greta says: “Yeah its true, and if it will help me in fighting for climate change, should I arrange a dynastic marriage, do you think? I think it’ll help.”

The prince is heard responding: “I am certain it’ll help’

The giggling ‘Greta’ – aged 17 – then says: “I found some candidates that suits me – James Windsor and Prince George. “Their ages I think are very suitable for my marriage. It will help..”

Harry then replies laughing: “I am sure I can help.”

On moving penguins to the North Pole

A Russian translation of the words shows her asking: “Now we are dealing with an issue of moving penguins from Belarus to their native land, the North Pole.

“About 50 penguins were stuck at customs in Belarus.

“That’s terrible. And we are searching for some ship maybe to transport these poor penguins to their native land.”

Greta’s fake father then said: “North Pole…perhaps you have some contacts for people who can help us?”

Harry replies: “I do have a man who deals with the North Pole.

“He is in Norway, he can help as maybe he knows all the right people. I’ll give you the contacts on email.

‘This recording ends with ‘Greta’ saying: “That’s nice. That’s good”.

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