Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to split from the Royal Foundation, the charity they share with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The “Fab Four” only appeared at the charity’s first Q&A session 15 months ago but the venture was short-lived as the Palace confirmed the split Wednesday.
A statement confirmed, “Later this year the Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from the Royal Foundation. In addition both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on the Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together.
“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.
“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.”
The news comes after Harry and Meghan moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. It’s been rumoured they want to raise their newborn son Archie away from the limelight.
The Sun first reported the charity split, with a source telling the paper that things got “very bad” between the brothers, who have been surrounded by feud claims for months now, after Harry and Meghan’s wedding last May.
They said, “Certainly the animosity over status, money, and Meghan meant that the split in their joint households had to be brought forward much more quickly than anticipated, so perhaps it was inevitable that their joint charity has to be split, too.”
“Meghan and Harry want to do things differently to William and Kate. William is the future king and so is sometimes restricted in what he can do.”
“The Sussexes want the flexibility of more commercial decisions. But the brothers’ relationship has vastly improved since their working lives have separated.”
However, royal insiders told Harper’s Bazaar that the split has more to do with the different work the royals want to focus on.
“This allows the Sussexes to do things exactly how they want,” a palace source said. “Their operating style is very different to the Cambridges and so having their own space to think as big as they like, working on a global scale, is perfect for them.”
Harry and Meghan plan on putting their own “stamp” on their charitable work. A second source added, “not only will their new foundation stand the test of time, but it will allow them to do some very ambitious things. Their charity will provide them with an opportunity to create something that will be their defining work—and it’s entirely theirs.”
The preliminary paperwork is being drawn up as everything has “swung into action” with hopes that their foundation will be running by the end of the year.
Projects that will fall under the new umbrella include Harry’s mental health documentary series with Oprah for Apple TV+, Meghan’s Hubb Community kitchen project as well as philanthropic work in the United States.
While the four patrons will no longer work side-by-side with the Royal Foundation, important projects like Heads Together and Shout will still see the royals come together. “These are big issues that they universally care about,” says a Royal Foundation source told Harper’s. “That won’t change.
William and Harry first established the Royal Foundation in 2009.