Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Revealed the Name of Their New Charity
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are splitting from the Royal Foundation, their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
- Prince Harry established the Royal Foundation with Prince William in 2009.
- Meghan and Harry plan to launch their own charitable organization by the end of this year called Sussex Royal.
In mid-June, Kensington Palace confirmed the rumors that had been swirling for weeks: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are leaving the Royal Foundation, the charitable organization that they have shared with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As royal correspondent Victoria Murphy reported for Town & Country at the time, Meghan and Harry plan to launch their own separate charitable foundation by the end of 2019.
Here's everything we know about the project know so far:
HARRY AND MEGHAN JUST REVEALED THAT THE ORGANIZATION WILL BE CALLED SUSSEX ROYAL.
The full name, "Sussex Royal The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex" was revealed by reporter Emily Andrews in late July. She posted the Certificate of Incorporation of the company on Twitter, and also revealed that the organization will have four directors: Harry, Meghan, their PR director Sara Latham, and former Royal Foundation staffer Natalie Campbell.
Exclusive: #Harry & #Meghan’s new foundation will be called “Sussex Royal” (full title “Sussex Royal The Foundation of the D&D of Sussex). Its 4 directors are the Sussexes, PR guru Sara Latham & former Royal Foundation staffer Natalie Campbell, who will be the new director. pic.twitter.com/604czSjQEw— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) July 17, 2019
In early June, Omid Scobie reported that "the plans for 'Project Sussex Foundation' are so beta, preliminary paperwork is only just being filed."
HARRY AND MEGHAN ARE "VERY EXCITED" TO START THEIR OWN CHARITABLE INITIATIVE.
The new organization will "[allow] the Sussexes to do things exactly how they want," a palace source told Scobie. "Their operating style is very different to the Cambridges and so having their own space to think as big as they like, working on a global scale, is perfect for them."
The insider also noted that Harry and Meghan are thinking big with their philanthropic plans. “Not only will their new foundation stand the test of time, but it will allow them to do some very ambitious things," said the source. "Their charity will provide them with an opportunity to create something that will be their defining work—and it’s entirely theirs.”
IT'S UNCLEAR EXACTLY WHICH ISSUES THE ORGANIZATION WILL FOCUS ON.
Both Meghan and Harry have expressed interest in a wide variety of causes in the past ranging from women's rights and empowerment to veteran affairs, conservation, the elimination of landmines, and reducing the stigma of mental health concerns.
THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE CAMBRIDGES ON SPECIFIC PROJECTS.
Even after the Sussexes launch their new charity, Meghan and Harry will still collaborate with Will and Kate on philanthropic efforts. The press release announcing the separation specifically noted that "both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together."
We'll continue to update this post as additional information is made public.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors