Princes William and Harry and their wives are to work together on ‘one off’ charitable projects, amid mounting speculation the Sussexes are to split from the foundation the couples set up together.
In a sign of a further distancing between the two royal households Prince William and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are set to work on their own separate projects, while occasionally coming together for shared initiatives.
It comes after it was announced the two households of the Sussexes and Cambridges are to be run separately, following Prince Harry and Meghan’s move of their family home from Kensington Palace to Windsor.
The separation of the two households led to a review of the way the Royal Foundation, launched in 2009, operates, with an announcement expected later this month [June].
But palace sources have indicated that both couples are set to go their own way when pursuing their philanthropic and social activism interests.
A source said: “They are all excited about what the future holds for what they can achieve with their charitable activity.
“But they are also looking forward to working together on big one off projects such as mental health issues.”
When the Royal Foundation charity was set up by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009 it was heralded as a sign of the close emotional and working relationship between the two brothers.
With their two wives coming on board over the following years the foundation became one of the most glamorous organisations in the charitable sector. Last year ‘the Fab Four’, as they were known to their fans, attended a Q&A forum about their work under the slogan Making A Difference Together.
During the session Tina Daheley, the host, asked if they ever had disagreements.
William replied “Oh yes”. When she Daheley asked how they resolved their last disagreement, the princes responded: “Is it resolved? We don’t know!”
Prince Harry added: “It’s really good we’ve got four different personalities and we’ve all got that same passion to want to make a difference. Those different opinions work really well.”
But it is now understood that the two royal couples have different ideas about what causes to focus on and how to pursue them, with one source telling The Sun: “Meghan and Harry want to do things differently to William and Kate.”
A board meeting on June 19 is expected to confirm that the Royal Foundation members will split.
Its work revolves around six main themes of mental health, wildlife conservation, young people and the welfare of the armed forces and their families.
A spokesman for the foundation said: “The work to prepare both couples for their future roles will of course have implications for how they manage their charitable and philanthropic activity into the future.
“We are not going to prejudge the outcome of the review, but we will be able to announce it publicly once all aspects are concluded.”
The spokesman added: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are committed to the work they are carrying out through The Royal Foundation and are proud of what they have achieved together.”