EYEBROWS were raised when Prince Harry claimed to Oprah Winfrey he had been “cut-off financially” by dad Prince Charles – at the ripe old age of 36.
Harry, who's now got a job as the "chief impact officer" at a Silicon Valley startup with a rumoured seven figure salary, moaned to Oprah about how Prince Charles had refused to answer his calls and had cut off his security."[My] family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us," he told the US talk show queen.
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Sun columnist Karen Brady was among people asking why, in his mid-30s and a father himself, Harry was even receiving cash from dad?
But 29-year-old mum-of-one Amber Burton from Ilkeston, Derbys.,is firmly Team Harry.
Like the Duke of Cambridge, she too is financed by the Bank of Mum and Dad – although her mother Janice says: “I don’t have quite the same amount of cash as Charles!”
Amber, mum to Oscar, two, has never stood on her own two feet, with pensions administrator Janice, 56, and retired fireman and caretaker dad Ray, 59, still paying for her phone bill, car insurance and lots more – including the deposit on all three of the houses she’s rented, a fridge freezer and a bed for her little boy.
“What can I say?” says Amber, who is in a relationship with roofer Steven Keeton, 31. “I’m not great with money.
“I totally understand where Harry is coming from – I rely on my parents and I would be lost without them.”
But whereas Prince Harry’s complaints were related to fears that his family’s security would be compromised without dad’s cash (he’s now dipped into mum Princess Diana’s £10m inheritance), Amber’s is a little less dramatic.
She says: “I don’t work at the moment, I’m a full-time mum although looking for a job, but when I did I was awful with cash.
“In 2011 I was a receptionist at an accountants and as soon as I got the money – boom – it was gone.
“I’d spend it all in the first week on clothes.
“I loved heading into town to get going out dresses at my favourite shops like New Look and River Island.
“I’d buy makeup too.
“I couldn’t budget. I don’t know why. Mum and dad are good with money and my brother, Kimberley, 31, and Connor, 25, are too.
“Mum says I haven’t got my head screwed on.”
Amber claims her recklessness with money started when she started getting paid in her late teens.
She told how, aged 19, Janice started popping Amber a bit of extra cash to get by – even taking her on shopping trips so she could get the clothes she loved so much.
“She was paying for a lot,” Amber says. “But she needed to. I had no money.”
Her mum and dad bought her her first car, a £2k Mini Cooper, when she was 19, just after passing her test. “I loved it,” she says. “But in my early 20s I wrote it off while driving it down a country road and hitting black ice on a sharp bend.
“So a few months later – when I was pregnant with Oliver – they bought me a much more practical car with five doors for around £3k.
Last Christmas Amber was stunned, having not asked for anything, when they presented her with a “big box”.
“I opened it and inside there were keys to a Kia Ceed,” she says. “I was stunned. It costs about £4k and I was so, so grateful. There were tears streaming down my face.
“It’s perfect for me and Oscar.
“They bought Connor and Kimberley stuff too – but not a car.”
In addition to the £9k her parents have spent on cars for her, Amber’s mum and dad also pay her £70-a-month car insurance and £40-a-month phone bill, totalling more than £1.3k a year
“They just always have,” she says. “I don’t really know why. I suppose I should be paying it myself at my age. But my mum took an iPhone out in my name and just kept on paying.”
For a long time, before meeting Steven, Amber was on Universal Credit so receiving a limited amount of money each month. After paying bills and rent she didn’t have much disposable cash.
“They then paid for clothes for Oscar and just other bits and bobs,” says Amber. “I think they knew I needed the help and wanted to be there.
“They’d buy groceries and toys and so on.
Mum says I haven’t got my head screwed on.
“Sometimes they’ll spot I haven’t got something and just get it without telling me.
“I am a bit ashamed when I think about how much they’ve spent on me but I know they love me.”
She says she would love to be more independent – but hasn’t quite achieved it yet.
“I think it is mad they pay for a lot of this for me when I am 29,” she says.
“I would love it if I was more independent and could pay for more stuff.
“I haven’t really told my mates exactly how much my mum and dad help me but they did know about the car at Christmas and thought it was a really nice gift.
“I know some people, when they hear about it, will think it is weird. To be fair they do help with a lot of things and I know I should be better at budgeting.
Prince Harry’s claims dad Prince Charles ‘cut him off’
PRINCE Harry claimed during his interview with Oprah Winfrey he had been 'financially cut off' by dad Prince Charles.
But Prince Charles gave Prince Harry “many hundreds of thousands of pounds” last year, according to reports.
Harry claimed he had been forced to make deals with Netflix and Spotify after revealing to Oprah he had been cut off by the Royal Family following Megxit.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they had "no plan" after quitting the Royal Family – and hadn't considered the megabucks deals until a friend suggested it.
And he said it was when he was told his security would be taken away that he realised he needed to quickly find a source of income for his family.
Speaking to Oprah about the streaming deal, the 36-year-old said: "We didn't have a plan.
"That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us."
Prince Harry said his own father Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls for a time and that he had been cut off at the start of 2020.
He said: "I've got what my mum left me, and without that, we would not have been able to do this."
However, according to The Daily Mail, informed sources have said he received a lump sum from Prince Charles in late March 2020 after he announced his decision to step aside.
They claim he was gifted “many hundreds of thousands of pounds” to meet the costs of his new life in America.
They also said that it was made clear to Meghan and Harry that there would be more money put aside for them if needed, reports claim.
“I can see why people would be surprised by it.
“But they pay for a bit less now – because my boyfriend pays for things instead.”
Janice, 56, told Fabulous: “She has rented three houses and I paid all the deposits on all of them.
“My two other kids don’t cost me anything – but they’ve got their heads screwed on.
“I’ve just bought her son a bed.
“It’s little things she says she needs, she just doesn’t ask all the time. I’ve given her money towards her carpet. A cooker too. It’s constant.
“There’s times where she needs cash too. She says she’ll pay it back well that’s amusing because I don’t get it back.
“I bought her a fridge-freezer when she moved in too.
“If I’m honest her siblings buy her things too.
“Bless her – it’s just Amber
“But you wouldn’t see your kids without, would you?”
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