Just when they were getting along so well! After briefly reuniting for a mental health PSA, the Sussex and Cambridge royals are drawing clear lines once again. Prince William and Kate Middleton have removed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their charity website, and the thoroughness with which they’ve done so is raising some eyebrows. While it may simply be an administrative shift to mark the change in leadership (Harry and Meghan formally split from the organization back in June, and announced their own organization in July), these changes bring to mind the rumors that William and Harry were feuding around the time the split was announced — and begs the question of whether that ill will has returned.
The organization previously shared by William, Harry, and their wives is The Royal Foundation, which now calls itself “the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” In addition to removing Harry and Meghan’s projects from the Program section of their website (though not the History section), William’s bio now reads like this: “After founding The Royal Foundation, The Duke of Cambridge has focused his attention on tackling the illegal wildlife trade, cyberbullying, mental health stigma through the Heads Together campaign and supporting veterans’ employment.”
Funny thing about that: William actually co-founded The Royal Foundation, alongside his brother, Harry, back in 2009. Perhaps they were only allowed a certain number of words per bio? Somehow, it seems like William could have gotten the wording in there if he really wanted to.
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To further her research and engagement with the Early Years sector, The Duchess of Cambridge visited Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre to meet with the Southwark Family Nurse Partnership team and highlight the valuable work that they do. Swipe to see more about their work: 2-3. The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary home visiting programme for first-time parents aged 24 and under. Parents are partnered with a specially trained family nurse who visits them regularly, from early pregnancy until their child is two. The Duchess met the team at Sunshine House to discuss the FNP programme and its impact on clients and communities, and hear more about the strategic direction and development of the programme in England. 4-5. The Duchess met mothers who have been through the FNP programme to understand how the programme has helped them and their children. The programme supports young mums to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child's health and development, and reach their goals and aspirations. Multiple rigorous evaluations show it has a long-term positive impact on child outcomes. FNP is delivered in around 70 areas across England and each local team is made up of specially trained family nurse supervisors, family nurses, and quality support officers. 6-7. FNP in Southwark is delivered by Evelina London, of which The Duchess is Patron. As part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Evelina London is a major children’s hospital and provider of community services. From health visitors and school nurses to specialist treatment for children with long-term health conditions, Evelina London’s community services care for children and families across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark — thank you to everyone that came out to greet The Duchess of Cambridge today! 📷 Kensington Palace / PA
The Royal Foundation now features five areas of focus: Mental Health, Conservation, Service, Young People, and Early Years. While the Sussexes and Cambridges will still likely work together on one-off projects like that Every Mind Matters PSA, these website changes solidify that the royal couples are going separate ways — and, hopefully, that’s all these changes are meant to convey.