Kensington Palace Announces Prince William & Kate Middleton's New Royal Duties

Aug 30, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. ET
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Now that their kids, George and Charlotte, are headed to school, Kensington Palace has announced a lineup of duties that Prince William and the former Kate Middleton will take on this fall. Prince Harry also has a list, and none of the royals are going to have a lot of downtime.

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"The coming months will see The Duke & Duchess & Prince Harry undertake a busy autumn programme as TRH return to royal duties & engagements," the palace tweeted Wednesday morning.

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Prince Harry will be traveling around Manchester supporting various mental health charities that he patronizes.

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Meanwhile, William and Kate will be moving back to Kensington Palace and will spend the fall supporting their own charities, promoting families and mental health.

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William will also devote some time to soccer as president of the U.K.'s professional soccer league.

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This sharp increase in engagements comes after the younger royals were allegedly accused of not pulling their weight in the family. Prince Philip, 96, is also retiring this fall, so his duties have to be taken over by someone. Enter Will, Kate and Harry.

Will and Kate have been raising their children in Norfolk and have taken some flak for staying relatively secluded there. While they've attended fewer than 200 engagements a year, the queen attended 385 in 2016 alone. Sounds like the queen needs a break!

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With Prince Philip retiring and their kids going to school, it makes sense Prince William and Kate Middleton would ramp up their public image. And hey, anything that gives us more chances to see the royals is fine by us.

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