“The Queen has appointed Prince William as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the @churchscotland this year,” read the official Twitter page for Kensington Palace, meaning that the father-of-three will carry out ceremonial duties in Scotland on the monarch’s behalf.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 25, 2020
“During the week of the Assembly, the Lord High Commissioner attends the Assembly to observe the debates. He or she also carries out a programme of engagements to reflect the work of charities and the Church,” according to the official royal website.
This news comes on the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step down from their royal duties, which has quickly resulted in the couple losing their official royal titles.
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” their statement, which was released on Jan. 8, read.
While the Queen has been supportive of the couple’s unexpected announcement, it has reportedly put a strain on Meghan’s relationship with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. According to a recent report, Kate and Meghan have not spoken a word to one another in quite some time.
“Kate and Meghan have not spoken since [the royal exit] happened,” a source told Us Weekly. But the former Suits star isn’t fazed by the Duchess of Cambridge’s behavior — in fact, she feels happier than ever to be separated from the royal family.
“Meghan feels free. She has never been happier. She’s happy to be out of London. She was surprised at how quickly everything happened,” the source confirmed. “They knew they’d have to relinquish their titles, but the pace it happened surprised everyone. The palace thought it would take longer, but they went with it.”