California Governor Praises Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amid “Technical Issue” With Foundation

California Governor Praises Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Amid “Technical Issue” With Foundation
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After the California Attorney General’s Office declared that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s Archewell Foundation was delinquent, the issue—attributed to a missing check—was quickly resolved. Soon after the news broke, California governor Gavin Newsom praised Harry and Meghan’s work through the nonprofit.

During a press conference Tuesday, Newsom noted “there’s been [an] unbelievable amount of attention that has been placed on the Archewell Foundation.” He continued: “I’m here at a behavioral health site, a mental health site. Archewell Foundation, run by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, they do extraordinary work, particularly [with] women and girls, but notably around mental health.”

The governor added, “I just want folks to know, not only are they in compliance, it was a technical paperwork issue that was wildly overhyped, and with respect, I hope people who ran those headlines run this headline: It was a very typical, technical issue around paperwork that persists for so many others as well. They’re in full compliance, and they’re a celebrated organization that does great work in the state of California. So I wanted to clarify that, because that’s important, and I just thought there was a little bit of a piling-on that was deeply unfair to that charity.”

In a statement, an Archewell Foundation spokesperson 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.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched the Archewell Foundation in 2020. The nonprofit’s motto is “Show Up, Do Good”—its website reads: “We believe in the power of community as a transformative solution for our collective well-being.”

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