We finally know more about Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new charitable foundation! The busy parents to two-month-old baby Archie Harrison have named their new foundation Sussex Royal, and will focus their energies on charitable initiatives that are near and dear to their hearts.
The organization will be headed by powerhouse quartet of directors with ties to political superstars like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. PR guru Sara Latham, who is currently the royal pair’s Communications Secretary, is one such person, as is Natalie Campbell, a former staffer at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation, according to E!.
About a month ago, Kensington Palace revealed the Sussexes would split from the joint charity they shared with Prince William and Duchess Kate. The Royal Foundation, which was formed by William and Harry in 2009, said the decision was made following the conclusion of a review of its structure.
“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,” the statement read.
“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. 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.”
What do we know about Sussex Royal so far?
The Duk eand Duchess of Sussex’s charitable vehicle will have a big focus on charitable causes such as “female education and sexual violence,” according to a report released last month. A source who spoke to Harper’s Bazaar about the duke and duchess’s plans said the organization is also likely to have a US wing, since Meghan is American.
Meghan had plans to start a charity for women and girls long before she met Harry, according to the Daily Mail. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since much of Meghan’s charitable work to date has focused on those issues, but she had to put her plans on hold when she moved to the UK to marry Harry.
“She is somebody has been involved with women’s causes since she was young,” a source told the Mail. “This isn’t new, it’s something that has always driven her, from long before she met Harry.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to visit South Africa together in October, and Harry will travel to Angola, Malawi and Botswana separately. Meghan has worked on and addressed women and girls’s education while in another part of Africa in the past. In 2016, she visited Rwanda as a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. She spent time with children at a school that had been given clean water through a pipeline set up by the charity, and also painted watercolour pictures with the kids and spoke about how important water access is to education for women and girls.
The environment is another cause that’s close to the couple’s hearts. Harry and Meghan have used their Instagram account, also called @SussexRoyal, to spread awareness about environmental causes and climate change many times. This month, they followed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who launched Beyond Carbon, a campaign to end climate change, along with the World World Wildlife Fund , Dr. Jane Goodall, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation , Elephants Without Borders , the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, and more.
Royal fans can expect Sussex Royal to continue to take shape over the next few months, sketching out initiatives that will either be “one-off projects” or separate charities. We can’t wait to hear more about the causes Harry and Meghan will support!