PUBLISHED: 11:16, Thu, Sep 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:17, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals at the end of March, when they dropped their HRH and military titles, but stayed on as patrons of multiple charities. There has been much speculation that the royal couple will find it difficult to fulfil their duties as patrons from their home in the US, and that they may be busy with new projects, such as their new Netflix deal. However, Walking with the Wounded CEO Ed Parker said Harry has continued to offer his support post-Megxit.
In fact, the Duke is the patron of the upcoming expedition, The Walk of Oman, which will see six armed forces veterans making a 400km journey across the desert, carrying 300kg of supplies.
The walk hopes to raise money and awareness for the charity, which provides mental health and employment support to former servicemen and women struggling with the transition to civilian life.
Mr Parker told Express.co.uk: “From my perspective, he’s agreed to be the patron of this expedition at the end of the year, so our focus remains on that.
“Every time we’ve invited him to be a patron of one of our expeditions, he’s generously agreed to be so, so as far as I’m concerned there’s been no change in his relationship with our organisation over the whole ten years.”
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Prince Harry has been the patron of all Walking with The Wounded expeditions (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry on the trip to the South Pole in 2013 (Image: GETTY)
This flies in the face of accusations that Harry has abandoned his patronages by moving to California and perusing his and Meghan’s interests there, showing that he is still dedicated to the charities he is already a part of.
Walking with The Wounded started back in 2010 with what was originally going to be a one-off trip to the South Pole.
However, when its founder and CEO invited Harry to come with them and he accepted, everything changed.
Mr Parker explained: “I invited him to join us in walking to the North Pole, which clearly changed the dynamics of the visibility.
Ed Parker (left) meets the Queen in Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
“What he brought with him was focus and attention and the media, but also his ability to ‒ as he was then a serving soldier ‒ to articulate very clearly the support he had for other men and women who were serving or who had served.
“And he is very passionate about his links to the military community, so it gave us a hugely increased visibility.”
He added: “We evolved from the expedition, because the first thing we did was we went to the North Pole and it was