Kate Middleton and Prince William Renamed Their Charity after Split from Meghan and Harry
The Royal Foundation, the charity that Princes William and Harry created in 2009, changed its name after William and Kate split from Harry and Meghan.
When the charity was founded, the name chosen was The Royal Foundation. Two years later, when Duchess Kate married William and joined the family, she became a patron of the foundation, too.
“This is part of [the couples’] diverging paths.”
Changing the charity’s name more than once
The most recent inclusion was Duchess Meghan, who married Harry in May 2018 and became a patron soon later. After that, they changed the name to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
However, both couples announced earlier this year that they would take “divergent paths” in their charity works, and ultimately split. Although some people might believe that their split is something negative, it is actually a “natural progression.”
“A review of The Royal Foundation is something that had previously been announced. This is part of [the couples’] diverging paths, which hastened a look at the foundation,” a source told People.
When their association ended, William and Kate remained as the only patrons, for which the name of the charity changed again to The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Harry and Meghan didn’t wait long to create their own foundation, though. They named it Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The future of the foundation
In a statement that the palace shared earlier this year, they pointed out that both couples would work together in future projects, including the foundation’s mental health program.
Apart from stating that William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan were proud of everything that they have achieved through The Royal Foundation, the palace added:
“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 is not the first time that the royal family makes headlines this year. In late July, a rare video emerged showing Queen Elizabeth running after a toddler Prince William, who was chasing the carriage of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson on their wedding day.
The clip, recorded in 1986, showed the always-elegant Queen wearing a purple ensemble while trying to stop William from getting too close to the carriage.