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Prince Harry and Meghan's philanthropic Archewell Foundation has been flagged as "delinquent" by US authorities due to a missing registration fee.

According to a spokesperson for the couple, all necessary charity documents were filed promptly, but it seems the required fee payment was not received.

Archewell assures that the fee has been reissued, aiming to promptly resolve the matter.


As of now, Archewell is temporarily unable to function as a charitable organization.

A notice of "delinquency" from the State of California Department of Justice, dated May 3rd, has been issued to the Archewell Foundation.

The letter alerts that the process for inclusion in the "registry of charities and fundraisers" remains incomplete, thereby prohibiting Archewell from engaging in charitable activities, such as fundraising or allocating charitable funds.


Despite having provided grants totaling $1.2 million (£956,000) last year, Archewell explains that a check sent alongside registration materials failed to reach the California authorities, prompting the "delinquency" notice.

A representative for Prince Harry and Meghan has confirmed that upon notification, a new payment has been dispatched.

This issue pertains specifically to registration and does not affect the foundation's tax filings, which have been submitted and paid in full and on time.

Recent tax filings from 2022 revealed that Archewell holds assets of $11 million (£9 million) and has supported various causes, including a $100,000 (£80,000) donation to the Halo Trust, a landmine clearance organization previously championed by Princess Diana.

Other funded initiatives include a $200,000 (£160,000) contribution to a gender justice project in Washington, $125,000 (£100,000) for a civil rights organization, and $100,000 (£80,000) towards promoting responsible technology usage.

Established after Prince Harry and Meghan relocated to the US and stepped away from their royal duties, Archewell underwent a reorganization earlier this year, launching a new website,, under the Office of Prince Harry and Meghan banner.

Following commemorative events in the UK marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, the couple recently concluded a visit to Nigeria.