Since Meghan Markle joined the Windsor troop a year ago, she and Prince Harry have slowly but surely been unweaving themselves from the royal fabric to establish their own identity as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Who could blame them for simply wanting some independence? First, they launched their own social media presence, then they moved out of the palace to Frogmore Cottage, and now, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are leaving The Royal Foundation to pursue their own charity venture.
It all started on Instagram, where, in April, the Sussex royals created their own handle apart from Prince William and Kate Middleton's @kensingtonroyal page. Around the same time, the couple was also moving out of Kensington Palace, where the Cambridge royals occupy the main apartment, and into their own abode at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Markle has selected the patronages she's passionate about and, well, they needed a social media platform of their own to showcase them. She and Prince Harry likewise needed a private space to welcome the new baby.
Already, 2019 has turned out to be the year that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex settle into their new identity as a family, as opposed to maintaining Prince Harry's singular identity as the bachelor.
The latest in this quest is Thurs.'s announcement from Kensington Palace confirming that Markle and Harry will be separating from their joint charity with Middleton and William. The Royal Foundation was launched back in 2009 as a way for Princess Diana's sons to pursue their charitable ambitions. The Princes' wives inevitably became patrons later on.
As of Weds., when, according to British network ITV, William and Harry reportedly signed off on the split, the foundation that's responsible for the Invictus Games and the Heads Together mental health campaign will solely be run by the royals of Cambridge.
"These changes are designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles," the announcement says, "and to better align their charitable activity with their new households."
It's unclear what exactly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's independent philanthropy initiative will look like just yet, but they do have a royal tour of Africa in the works for fall 2019 — perhaps you'll get a little glimpse of what's to come then. If you're lucky, maybe they'll even bring baby Archie along for the journey, too.