The rumours weren’t rumours. The Royal Foundation — the joint charity started by Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry in 2011, which Meghan joined in 2018 upon her engagement to Harry — is restructuring. It’s the end of an era that had barely begun.
“The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity,” began a statement from the Palace. “Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation.” The release, according to People, added that the new changes will “best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households.” Will, Kate, Harry and Meghan “are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation. They are especially proud to have established a charity that has had, and will continue to have, significant long-lasting impact, changing lives for the better.”
According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, the original charity will be rebranded as The Royal Foundation of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, centring on their main focuses, including mental health, the environment and the well-being of the children of Britain. While those are issues Harry and Meghan can definitely appreciate and support, their passions are much different, so as much as this seems like a breakup, it might be one of those cases where they work better apart than together.
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Today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle attended the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum. The Royal Foundation unites people to help tackle society's biggest challenges. TRH and Ms. Markle discussed the inspiration behind The Royal Foundation, the issues that are close to their hearts, and their ambitions for the future. This was the first time The Royal Foundation has brought together people from across all of its programmes, including @invictusgames2018, @Heads_Together, @united4wildlife, #CoachCore & #EndeavourFund.
But don’t count out the Royal Fab Four just yet. The release stated that the couples will continue to work together on future projects, including Heads Together, the campaign that strives to end the stigma surrounding mental health by bringing together Britain’s leading mental health charities. With the issue of mental health high on all four royals’ list of priorities, it’s a natural fit for the foursome to tackle together. Harry and the Cambridges are already among the most high-profile campaigners for mental health. With Meghan on their side, there’s no stopping them.
The announcement of the split shouldn’t be that surprising, as it’s been a work in progress for the last few months. The writing was on the wall when the brothers separated their houses and staff, and it was only a matter of time before the Foundation got restructured as well.