Just months after the Cambridge and Sussex houses split, Prince Harry and Meghan have decided to move on from the Royal Foundation.
William and Kate will rename the organization the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the parents-to-three will continue to head it. Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan will form a foundation of their own.
While they’ll continue to work together on common initiatives, such as their mental health campaign Heads Together, the split will see a restructuring of the foundation to “better align” with their activities.
“These changes are designed to 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,” a spokesperson said in a statement about the big changes.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are incredibly proud of what they have achieved together through The Royal Foundation,” the statement continued. “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.”
The dukes and duchesses are endearingly dubbed the Fab Four. They made their first appearance together at the Royal Foundation’s inaugural forum in February 2018, where they passionately discussed many of the causes they would support and how they would raise awareness. The charitable organization was founded by brothers William and Harry in 2009, and has since come to oversee much of the incredible work the four do.
The separation followed a Royal Foundation trustees’ meeting William and Harry held at Kensington Palace on Wednesday (June 19). There, they discussed details of the split and put final touches into place.
Indeed, this wasn’t unexpected. Some even saw it coming after receiving “thank you” letters after Prince Louis’s first birthday that were addressed from “The Office of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” In the past, thank-you notes had been signed, “The Office of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The news may not be surprising to some, as it follows the Cambridges and Sussexes splitting their households in March. It was originally believed Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan would raise their family in a quarter of Kensington Palace, but they decided to renovate Frogmore Cottage into their family home, where they're now raising baby Archie Harrison. Their royal business is conducted at Buckingham Palace, which is also where their team is located, while the Cambridges work out of their home of Kensington Palace.