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Angelina Jolie Quits Princess Diana’s Charity Programme

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ANGELINA Jolie quit Princess Diana’s favourite mine-clearing charity in a row over trustees paying themselves £500 a day.

The Hollywood actress was said to be “extremely uncomfortable” that two trustees had paid themselves more than £120,000 for a “review”.

The Halo Trust shot to prominence when the late Princess of Wales visited an Angolan minefield in 1997.

Prince Harry followed in his mother’s footsteps by going to Angola to see its mine-clearing work in 2013. He also served as patron during the Halo Trust’s 25th anniversary appeal.

Jolie quit as a trustee in May last year after tens of thousands of pounds were spent on a review of the charity’s “structural, remuneration and governance arrangements”.

It is understood the star, one of the world’s most famous humanitarian campaigners, told trustees they should pay for the review themselves rather than using charity funds.

She was also unhappy the Halo Trust helped pay the boarding school fees of some staff’s children.

An insider told The Times: “She left because she was extremely uncomfortable with the actions of the trustees.

“The main thing was the trustees paying themselves. What she said was, ‘If those trustees want to do a review, pay for it yourselves’.”

The trust receives millions of pounds a year from governments and the UN, including £5.7 million in 2014-15 from the UK’s Department for International Development.

Jolie had raised objections about plans to pay Amanda Pullinger, the chairwoman of trustees and a former hedgefund chief, and Simon Conway, an author, a combined £850 a day for the review.

James Cowan, the trust’s chief executive, said that the actress had joined in a unanimous vote in favour of the governance review and said her resignation letter cited “a wish to do other things”. – Mirror

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