The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will part ways with the foundation that Prince Harry established a decade ago with brother, Prince William, to set up their own charity.
- The Royal Foundation led to the establishment of The Invictus Games and mental health initiative, Heads Together
- The decision follows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex moving out of Kensington Palace and setting up their own Instagram account
- It adds further to the claims that the princes are not getting along
Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Dutchess of Sussex, would leave the Royal Foundation later this year and it will become the “the principle charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
“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 statement from the palace read.
The statement said the decision was made after a review into the foundation’s structure.
The princes set up the foundation in 2009 to focus on charitable causes important to them, and it led to the establishment of The Invictus Games and mental health initiative, Heads Together.
“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 said.
The split is a continuation of the distancing between the Cambridge and the Sussex camps and their respective brands.
Separate charities a ‘natural divergence’
While ongoing speculation had been of a rift between the two duchesses, many believe the real fallout has been with the two princes.
“There is little doubt that William and Harry have, to an extent, grown apart,” royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said on the BBC.
“I think that there was a particularly difficult period between them some months ago which we are told was all patched up.”
He said as both princes establish their own families there would be a natural divergence.
“This is formalising the charitable work end of it, and it will mean that they would have more control, Harry and Meghan, though it is absolutely denied that this is being done so they have complete control over their own affairs,” Mr Witchell said.
“Well okay, one might take that with a bit of a pinch of salt.”
In March it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to allow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex form their own new royal household, which coincided with them moving out of Kensington Palace and into their new home of Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate ahead of the birth of their son, Archie.
“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage,” a statement from the Royal family at the time said.
They also launched their own Instagram account in April, moving away from the @KensingtonRoyal account their shared with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
The move was a hit, with more than two million Instagram users following the account within its first day.