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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew back to the US just hours before delinquency notice row exposed



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew back to the US just hours before it was revealed that their Archewell charity had been issued with a delinquency notice.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out a three-day tour of Nigeria from Friday to Sunday.

The couple boarded an 18-hour flight from Nigeria to the US that arrived at Los Angeles International Airport’s ‘Private Suites’ facility.

Harry and Meghan landed in LA just hours before Californian authorities confirmed the delinquency notice.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been warned that their Archewell Foundation could be subject to fines or suspended from the charity register.

The “delinquency notice”, which was sent by California’s attorney general on May 3, suggested Archewell did not pay its 2022 tax return or related fees before the deadline.

Meghan and Harry’s organisation filed the relevant documents on time and received an acknowledgment of receipt, according to the Telegraph.

Sources told the publication that the delinquency notice was issued because the cheque was not processed by the Attorney General’s office.

The Sussexes were not aware the cheque had not arrived until it received the notice on May 3.

Archewell has now sent another cheque and it is expected the issue will be resolved in a matter of days.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “We have diligently investigated the situation and can confirm that The Archewell Foundation remains fully compliant and in good standing.

“Due payments were made promptly and in accordance with the IRS’s processes and procedures. Furthermore, all necessary paperwork had been filed by the Foundation without error or wrongdoing.”

California’s Department of Justice backed up the couple’s statement confirming that the foundation is “current and in good standing.”

A spokesperson said: “After being in touch with our Registry of Charities and Fundraisers, the organisation is current and in good standing.”

The delinquency notice sent by California’s Department of Justice prior to situation’s resolution said: “The above captioned entity is listed as delinquent with the Registry of Charities and Fundraisers for failing to submit required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees.

“An organisation that is listed as delinquent is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds.”

It added: “The organisation may also be subject to penalties and its registration may be suspended or revoked by the Registry. Once you submit the delinquent record(s), you will be notified of the amount of any late fees that are owed.”

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