Prince William and Kate Middleton are moving forward with their separation from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In June, the foursome announced that The Royal Foundation, the charity started by the brothers and Duchess Kate in 2011 and joined by Duchess Meghan in 2018, would be restructured into two charities. Now William and Kate have revealed what they plan on naming their half of the charity.
The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as it will now be called, will be overseen by William and Kate, with the couple paying the £10 fee to make the name change. Huh. We thought it would have been more than that. Though the charity’s official website has yet to be updated and still includes pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as links to their projects, including Meghan’s Together Cookbook and Harry’s Endeavour Fund, which provides services to men and women in the military, the charity name change took place on August 8. Well, we all know how slow paperwork can go.
William and Kate’s decision to change the name of the Royal Foundation comes after Harry and Meghan announced the title of their solo charity, which is titled Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We’re not keeping score, but if we were, Meghan and Harry lost the award for most succinct charity title.
Kate and William’s charity will be run from Buckingham Palace and will likely continue to serve many of the causes the couple have previously championed, including their work to end the stigma around mental health.
The new charity name is hardly surprising, with the palace announcing in June that The Royal Foundation would be split into two separate entities lead by each couple. The release, according to People, said the shift would “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.” The four were reportedly “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.”
It already appears as though the split has led to a more positive relationship between the foursome, with Meghan and Kate snapped spending time together at the polo field and in the stands at Wimbledon. After months of rumors of in-fighting between the royals, it seems that the relationships have been mended, possibly in part due to the decision to no longer work together, and possibly because of Meghan and Harry’s move out of Kensington Palace and into their own private home at Frogmore Cottage. Fences make good neighbors and, in some cases, good in-laws.