Some call it “The Split,” while others talk of “The Divorce.”
What the British press and social media royal followers are referring to is the legal and official separation several days ago of the house of Cambridge (Kate Middleton and Prince William) and the house of Sussex (Meghan and Harry), @sussexroyal, from the joint Royal Foundation they ran together.
But rift or feud, disagreement or bust-up, the point is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially cut ties with the Royal Foundation to manage their own charitable interests separately from those of Kate and William.
The announcement of the split, which is the final step in the separation of the two royal households and of the two couples’ public duties, followed a meeting last week between William and Harry and trustees of the Royal Foundation during which the last arrangements were finalized.
“It’s official: The Fab Four are no more,” royal correspondent Tom Sykes declared in a column entitled “Kate and William and Harry and Meghan Just Got Divorced.”
“Kate and William will continue to oversee the Royal Foundation, while Harry and Meghan will set up their own charitable endeavor,” he explained.
The foundation of the senior couple will be renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Sykes’ recounting of the meeting during which the two brothers accompanied by their trustees agreed on the final touches of the “carefully negotiated agreement” to separate their philanthropic common efforts is telling: “As William and Kate made their way happily around the racecourse at Royal Ascot last Tuesday, smiling and cuddling up together and frankly looking closer than they have in years, it was hard to believe that, the following day, in the privacy of Kensington Palace, Harry and William would sit across the table from each other.”
He ascribes the separation to “brotherly love lost.”
The Royal Foundation was originally created by the two princes in 2009 and then joined by Kate when she became the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and Meghan when she was made Duchess of Sussex in May, 2018.
The ‘rupture’ and the rumors circulating for months of problems between the two couples intensified in the spring when Harry and Meghan announced their decision to move out of Kensington Palace, where they were neighbors with William and Kate, to set up their own residence at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
The partition of the two households was announced last March by Buckingham Palace: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.”
The Sussexes also separated their public and press operations and created their own Instagram account, SussexRoyal. Meghan’s and Harry’s’ team is based at Buckingham Palace, while William and Kate have kept their office at Kensington Palace.
“The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace. Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe,” the official statement said.
“Once the closest of brothers, they fell out after William urged Harry to take a little time to think about things before proposing to Meghan,” Sykes wrote of the origins of the alleged split. “Hotheaded Harry flew into a rage and accused William of not supporting him. There is only one problem for Harry: his brother will be the monarch sooner or later.”
All along, as the separation theories, rumors and speculation took wing, the official statement by Kensington Palace has remained consistent: “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.”
Reasonable, right? Even if there are family feuds and differences, the reality is that “the priorities and agendas of the two couples are different, given that William and Kate are the future Prince and Princess of Wales and that ultimately William will become king” as explained by The Guardian. “This means the Cambridges are more constitutionally constrained than the Sussexes.”
The Royal Foundation said the decision was made following the conclusion of a review of its structure. It said both couples will continue to work together in the future, including on the Heads Together mental health campaign and that the decision was taken to “better align” their charitable activities.
“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 program, 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.
“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.”
This article was originally sourced from here.