Royal fans have known this day was coming for a while, but today truly marks the end of an era for Prince William and Prince Harry. It was announced today (June 20) that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, will split from the Royal Foundation he originally created with his brother.
Before fans of either couple get up in arms, this split is basically a continuation of the separation of the Cambridge and Sussex households—a move that was announced earlier this year. The Royal Foundation was founded by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009 as the umbrella under which they could do charity work that was important to them. Kate Middleton joined as a patron after her marriage to William in 2011, as did Markle after her own royal wedding last year. It was under the moniker of the Royal Foundation that Prince William, Prince Harry, and Middleton launched their Heads Together mental health initiative in 2016.
Going forward, things will be done a bit differently. “The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”