Royal fans have known this day was coming for a while, but today truly marks the end of an era for Prince William and Prince Harry. It was announced today (June 20) that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, will split from the Royal Foundation, which he originally created with his brother.
Before fans of either couple get up in arms, this split is basically a continuation of the separation of the Cambridge and Sussex households—a move that was announced earlier this year. The Royal Foundation was founded by Prince William and Prince Harry in 2009 as the umbrella under which they could do charity work that was important to them. Kate Middleton joined as a patron after her marriage to William in 2011, as did Markle after her own royal wedding last year. It was under the moniker of the Royal Foundation that Prince William, Prince Harry, and Middleton launched their Heads Together mental health initiative in 2016.
Going forward, things will be done a bit differently. "The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today announced the conclusions of a review into its structure, and how it will best support Their Royal Highnesses with future charitable activity," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will establish their own new charitable foundation with transitional operating support from The Royal Foundation."
The statement goes on to say that the couples are all proud of the work the foundation has done and will continue to work together on future projects, and specifically mentions Heads Together. "These changes are designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households," it says.
Again, this is seemingly one of the last steps to completely separate the public lives of Prince William and Prince Harry, who already have split their offices. Many royal reporters are citing their "divergent paths" as the reason. Basically, Prince William is the future king and Prince Harry is not.
Regardless of this formal split, we will be sure to see the Cambridges and the Sussexes doing lots of great charity work for causes close to their hearts. That's always going to be a good thing for the world.
Originally Appeared on Glamour