Prince William and Duchess Kate hire new communications head for The Royal Foundation: reports

By Zach Harper

Duchess Kate and Prince William have hired Edwina Iddles, a former press officer for the UK Home Office, to be their new Communications Chief for The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, reports say.

According to the Evening Standard, Edwina started the job earlier this month. She replaces Jason Knauf, who became CEO of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last summer when Lorraine Heggessey left that position. Edwina has extensive experience in her work as a Parliamentary Assistant, a press officer for the UK Energy and Climate Change department, the Home Office and has even done work on Brexit, according to her LinkedIn page.

William and Prince Harry founded The Royal Foundation in 2009 to support their charitable work. Kate joined it after marrying the Duke of Cambridge in 2011, as did Duchess Meghan after she and Harry tied the knot in 2018. Last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left The Royal Foundation and started to create Sussex Royal, which they want to be their charitable organization.

Lorraine Heggessey, seen with husband Ron Heggessey in 2018, left as CEO of The Royal Foundation last year. Photo: © David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

In their work through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and William focus on royal causes such as mental health, early years, sports, conservation and supporting the elderly.

This is an especially important year for the organization, since Kate just announced a unique survey that is intended to ask Brits about how they think the next generation should be raised. The duchess went on a whirlwind 24-hour tour of the UK last week to launch the "5 questions on the under 5's" survey as part of her work on Early Years with the Foundation.

William also recently announced the Earthshot Prize, an annual conservation award that will be given to five people or groups that create solutions to the Earth's biggest environmental issues between 2021 and 2030.

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