The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the donation to the charity through their non-profit Archewell foundation. The PressPad Charitable Foundation, which received the payment, gives students from different socio-economic backgrounds a foothold in the industry by providing grants, training and support in order to lower the financial barrier for young people wanting to be journalists.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, CEO Olivia Crellin expressed her reaction to the Sussexes’ donation.
“I was totally shocked,” she said, “It was surreal.”
“They approached us, so it wasn’t something that I had seen coming.”
PressPad announced they had received a donation from the Archewell foundation just five days after the bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The couple told Ms Winfrey of the relentless treatment they received from the British media, citing it as a factor in their decision to step away as senior royals.
During the interview with Ms Winfrey, the Duchess described perceived differences in media coverage between herself and Kate Middleton.
In an interview with James Corden a fortnight earlier, Harry blamed the “toxic” British press for his departure from royal life.
PressPad confirmed the donation in a tweet, writing: “We are delighted to announce that we have just registered a sister charity, The PressPad Charitable Foundation, and are thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their Archewell Foundation will be among our first…