Harry, Meghan, William, & Kate Have Officially Split, But Not In The Way You Think06/21/2019
There’s been so much rumored drama around the royals, with reports constantly coming out that the couples are at odds with one another. Well, as it turns out, a split actually did happen, but it’s for a very good cause. Harry, Meghan, William, and Kate have officially split, just not in the way you might think. You see, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to exit Prince William and Kate Middleton’s charity.
As of Thursday, June 20, Kensington Palace officially announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are removing themselves from the Royal Foundation, but for a worthy cause: because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning to start their own organization.
The statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight, detailed the split as follows:
That just means there are going to be two charitable foundations as opposed to one, which means there’s even more good that can be done! More specifically, it’s been suggested by People, that due to Prince William’s expectation to take the throne, his path and duties with the Royal Foundation are more "restrictive" while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be able to be "have more flexibility" with their charitable projects, like working on a mental health series with Oprah.
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We are excited to announce that The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey are partners, co-creators and executive producers on their forthcoming mental health series launching on Apple in 2020. The pair have been developing the series for several months and are looking forward to sharing such an important project on this global platform. The dynamic multi-part documentary series will focus on both mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces, and how to equip ourselves with the tools to not simply survive, but to thrive. This commitment builds on The Duke of Sussex’s long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve. His Royal Highness has spent many years working with communities throughout the UK and young people across the Commonwealth to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and broaden the conversation of mental wellness to accelerate change for a more compassionate, connected and positive society. Quote from HRH: “I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self. It is a huge responsibility to get this right as we bring you the facts, the science and the awareness of a subject that is so relevant during these times. Our hope is that this series will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places, and the opportunity for us to understand ourselves and those around us better. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside Oprah on this vital series.”
"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 statement continued. "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."
Prince Harry and Meghan’s charity, which does not have a name at this time, will receive transitional support from the Royal Foundation now under Prince William and Kate.
It all sounds a little chaotic, but before you think this is a messy and ill-thought-out divide stemming from some sort of personal split, well, ET’s source said the couples are on "better footing." In addition, the split among the charities was to be expected as there were "ongoing discussions about disentangling the finances" for some time.
The Sussexes have been paving their own royal path for quite some time, so this move should not come as a surprise to anyone who’s been following the royal family closely over the past two years. I’m excited to see what good the Cambridges and Sussexes’ separate charities have in store!
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