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Harry marks 30th with a beer... and £10m inheritance

By Staff Reporter

Prince Harry celebrated the end of the Invictus Games last night with a birthday beer.

The fourth in line to the throne turns 30 today - and will be more than £10m richer.

The multi-million pound inheritance was left to him by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Harry enjoyed the finale at the Invictus Games – a Paralympic style championship for wounded servicemen and women from across the globe which he helped organise – with Britain's team captain David Henson, who lost his legs in Afghanistan and also celebrates his 30th today.

"We turn 30 at exactly the same time, on Sunday night," said Harry. "We're really looking forward to being 30, both feeling quite old about it."

Speaking about the celebratory birthday beer he will have with Harry, Mr Henson joked: "He said he would buy me one, I don't know where he is, I'm thirsty right now."

He added that after the closing concert they would have a drink at the former Olympic Park "then see what happens".

It was reported Harry had cancelled plans for a birthday party at the last minute when sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge fell ill with a form of severe morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

The 'mini banquet' had apparently been planned to be held at Kate and Prince William's newly refurbished apartment in Kensington Palace. But her illness has put paid to the celebration, although the party-loving prince is unlikely to let the milestone pass without one.

"He has promised his friends he will organise a post-30th birthday party when the time is right," a source said.

And with his new fortune, Harry can afford to splash out.

Like his brother William, Harry was left £6.5m in Diana's will following her death in a car crash in 1997, but this is likely to have grown substantially since her death 17 years ago.

Danny Cox, head of financial planning at Hargreaves Lansdown, predicted the prince's inheritance could have as much as doubled to £13m now depending on how the money was invested.

Although inheritance tax was paid at the time of the princess's death, Harry is likely to have to pay additional inheritance tax and capital gains tax on the gains on the investments, which together could total as much as £2.3m, leaving the Prince around £10.7m.

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