Prince Harry ripped a poster of his grandmother the Queen off the wall of an ‘underground’ Chelsea club so she ‘couldn’t watch him partying’, Paddy McGuinness claims

By Rebecca English, Royal Editor and Rebekah Absalom

22:35 12 Dec 2023, updated 22:43 12 Dec 2023

Prince Harry ripped a poster of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, from a wall during a ‘wild party’ years ago, television presenter Paddy McGuinness has claimed. 

The Top Gear star, 50, said he was on a night out with the Duke of Sussex, band members of One Direction and a group of footballers when he claims to have seen the royal remove the picture from a wall because he didn’t want his grandmother to see his partying ways

Speaking on the Restless Natives podcast, McGuinness said the group were in an ‘underground’ club in Chelsea, London, where there was ‘all sorts going on’.

He claimed that the royal was ‘ripping my t-shirt off, ******* snogging and kissing me’ and then ‘ripped a photo of the Queen off the wall and said “I can’t have her watching me doing this”.’ 

He did not reveal when this was said to have happened, but told the podcast hosts Gordon Smart and Martin Compston that the club had a ‘secret door’ famous faces could use, that was surrounded by security cameras.  

Prince Harry once tore a poster of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth off the wall of a club so she couldn’t see his partying ways, TV presenter Paddy McGuinness has claimed. Pictured: Harry at Chinawhite club

He said: ‘I get a tap on the shoulder and it’s Prince Harry… I thought that’s bonkers.’

‘He kept appearing and disappearing. I was talking to one of the security lads at the end.. he [Harry] was ripping my t-shirt off, then he ****** rips a photo of the Queen off the wall and says “I can’t have her watching me do this”.’

He said he asked the prince’s security guard ‘what’s going to go on here?’ and said the Metropolitan Police officer replied: ‘They’ll [the video taken on the security cameras] never see the light of day. This is one of the clubs where the royals go and they can let off steam.’ 

FEMAIL contacted the Met Police for comment. 

McGuinness’s claim comes after Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation suffered a £8.7m drop in donations according to its annual report.

Donations to the charity have plunged by $11million (£8.7m) in the past year – sending it into the red – with boss and the couple’s right-hand man James Holt handed a massive 280% pay rise, it was revealed today.

An income tax return filed in the US revealed today that in 2022 donations were down to just over $2million (£1.6m) – down from $12.9million (£10.3m) in 2021, an astonishing drop of $11million (£8.7m).

And 2021’s profit of $9million (£7.1m) has evaporated due to a lack of donations. The Archewell Foundation recorded a loss of $674,485 (£536,357) for last year because revenue was $2million but costs were $2.67million.

Paddy McGuiness has claimed Prince Harry ripped a poster of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, from a wall during a ‘wild party’ (pictured 7 December 2023)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet and greet the public at the Sydney Opera House on 16 October 2018 in Sydney, Australia
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a video showing Archewell’s 2023 ‘impact’ – but their annual report also reveals that their foundation has recorded a loss

Last year there were only two major donors giving around $1million (£795,210) each. The year before an unidentified wealthy donor gave them $10million but there was no repeat in 2022.

It follows a tumultuous year for the couple, which saw Harry’s vitriolic memoir, Spare, top the bestseller lists but their personal popularity ratings tumble.

They were also the subject of ridicule by popular televisions shows such as South Park and Family Guy, lambasted after claims about a reportedly ‘near catastrophic’ car chase in New York and lost their lucrative podcast deal with Spotify, where one senior executive labelled them ‘******* grifters’.

The couple set up their Archewell Foundation after quitting the Royal Family and say it is an ‘impact-driven global nonprofit that puts compassion into action’ which is ‘committed to a simple but profound mission: show up, do good.’

The Foundation employed five people, with salaries totaling $640,441 (£509,285) for the year. Harry and Meghan did not take a salary.

But executive director James Holt, considered the Sussexes’ right-hand man since Megxit, was paid $227,405 a year (£180,835), including a $20,000 (£15,904) bonus. This was around a $170,000 (£133,000) pay rise, up from his starting salary of $59,846 (£47,641) the year before.

Holt’s 2021 salary did not reflect a full 12 months of work because he joined in the middle of the year, it is understood.

Despite the loss in 2022, it appears that the foundation, described as a ‘non-profit’ organisation, still holds around $8.3milllion (£6.6m) in cash and assets.


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