Prince William’s meeting with Bill Gates as Duke ‘raced to beat Prince Harry’

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates announce divorce

Mr Gates and his wife Melinda have announced they are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage. The two first met in the Eighties when Melinda joined Bill’s Microsoft firm and they have three children together. They started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and have spent billions fighting causes, in particular those related to infectious diseases and vaccination programmes.

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Along with investor Warren Buffett, the Gates’ are behind the Giving Pledge, which called on billionaires to commit to giving away the majority of their wealth to good causes.

They said in a statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”.

The pair tweeted: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge first met Mr Gates in October 2019, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle split from The Royal Foundation to start Sussex Royal.

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prince william bill gatesPrince William has now spoken to Bill Gates on three occasions (Image: GETTY)

bill gates melinda gatesBill and Melinda Gates have announced they are getting divorced (Image: GETTY)

The tech billionaire came to Kensington Palace to discuss their respective charities with the royals.

The low-key meeting was not announced beforehand but was recorded in the Court Circular, the official daily record of royal engagements.

This time last year, William spoke to Mr Gates on the phone, it was revealed in the Court Circular, and then on March 30 this year, the pair spoke again by video link.

According to The Daily Mail’s Saturday Diary Editor Richard Eden, William has become increasingly friendly with the philanthropist, potentially hoping to get funding for his projects.

prince william kate middletonPrince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, run The Royal Foundation together (Image: GETTY)

He wrote last month: “Prince William is enjoying a blossoming

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