The Catch-up: What's the truth behind Harry and Meghan's split from royal charity?

What happened?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have split from their joint charity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Royal Foundation is the umbrella organisation for the couples’ charitable projects, which includes mental health initiative Heads Together, the Invictus Games and The Endeavour Fund. Harry and Meghan will now be setting up their own foundation. William and Kate will remain with the original charity, which will be renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Seems straightforward?

Not necessarily - it's actually pretty unusual. Harry, Meghan, Kate and William only appeared once together at the Royal Foundation’s first Q&A forum in February 2018, which led to them being dubbed ‘The Fab Four'. It was thought the joint Royal Foundation venture would harness the star power of the high-profile royals, but it lasted just 16 months after their first appearance as a group.

In March, the Sussexes formally split from their joint royal household with Kensington Palace and now have their own team, headed up by PR guru Sara Latham at Buckingham Palace. The couple then moved to their new residence Frogmore Cottage in Windsor ahead of the birth of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

It follows reports over the past year of a rift, first between Kate and Meghan, and then between future king William and his younger brother, Harry. Sources denied there was a feud, saying it was “largely about preparing both couples for their future roles, which are obviously on divergent tracks”.

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