Harry and his brother William set up their own charity, The Royal Foundation, in 2009. William’s university sweetheart Kate became a patron of the foundation upon her marriage to William in 2011, and the three are believed to have worked well together. Meghan also became a patron of the charity after she married Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex in May 2018. However, this summer the two couples announced they would no longer be working together.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have set up their own foundation, Sussex Royal, and are allegedly thinking of expanding it overseas, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will continue to focus on homelessness and mental health.
In the only interview the two couples have done together, conducted in February 2018 – before Meghan and Harry’s marriage and the charity split – Harry discussed their joint work in what can now be seen as a prophetic statement.
He said: “We’re the real foundation – I’m not saying other foundations don’t listen – but we pride ourselves on going into a situation, convening people and listening and hoping that all those partners and all those people agree that those problems are the same thing.”
Harry said their charitable work was about addressing “the cause not the symptom” of today’s societal issues.
Harry, William, Meghan and Kate (Image: GETTY)
Harry, Meghan, Kate and William at the first Royal Foundation Forum (Image: GETTY)
All three of them wanted to focus on different problems within society – Harry was interested in knife crime, Kate with addiction and William with homelessness.
At the time of the interview Meghan was not officially part of the charity, but was the UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership in 2015.
Harry explained how with all these problems, there was “common ground” – usually mental health – which meant all four of them could unite under the same foundation.
He emphasised: “[We] actually listen to what they think the problems are and then rewind it all the way back and go, right, what is the root cause of all the different issues?”