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GoFundMe pays Harry and Meghan’s house from the internet

A GoFundMe page asking Harry and Meghan to pay off their $ 14.65 million Montecito mansion has been removed from the fundraising website.

Anastasia Hanson, 56, from California turned to the crowdsourcing website which is usually used to raise money for various purposes or people who have experienced tragedy, incurred high medical costs, or have other difficult living circumstances, to give “help” and “compassion”. to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who came to California last year after breaking ties with the royal family in England.

Screenshot of the now defunct GoFundMe page

“They indicated they were having a very difficult time, so this fundraiser is a way to give help, compassion and love by paying off their home loan in full,” Hanson told The Sun.

Hanson asked those who agreed with their situation to donate $ 5 to Harry and Meghan’s home, an 18,000-square-foot mansion in Montecito that the couple bought in the summer of 2020. She had managed to raise just $ 110 ($ 5 she gave herself, $ 100) from an anonymous donor and $ 5 from another anonymous donor) before the page was removed from GoFundMe. The link to this page is currently “Campaign not found”.

As part of the announcement that they would be giving up their royal titles in early 2020, Harry and Meghan also had to ditch government funding and repay $ 3 million in taxpayers’ money used to renovate their then Windsor Castle residence.

In a high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, Harry and Meghan revealed many of the reasons they decided to start a new life in California. Among the most shocking moments was Markle reporting that he felt suicidal for not being accepted by the royal family and a family member asked if his child’s skin was too dark because of his biracial heritage.

GoFundMe

The interview was, Hanson said, which led them to do something nice for the couple, even if they have a net worth of millions and an estimated $ 100 million production deal with Netflix. GoFundMe did not immediately respond to a request for comment to remove the page.

“If 2 million supporters would donate only 5 US dollars each, the goal is achieved and the loan can be repaid,” Hanson wrote on the page. “After her interview, I was moved with compassion to help her home pay off. Now that they are financially independent this will help and be a loving gift. “

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