Meghan and Harry are quitting the charity foundation they share with William and Kate

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have today announced that they are leaving the Royal Foundation; the charity organisation they shared with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Royal Foundation split is the final demonstration of the separation of the Cambridge and Sussex households, which was announced in March this year. Prince Harry and Prince William's 'divorce' has already seen the brothers separate their offices, with William and Kate remaining at Kensington Palace while Harry and Meghan have relocated to Buckingham Palace. The Sussexes have also moved their official residence from Kensington to Windsor as part of the split.

The Royal Foundation in its original form was an overarching organisation which looks after the foursome's charity work. The Foundation consisted of the royals' Heads Together mental health initiative, The Invictus Games, Meghan's Together cookbook and more.

Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to part ways with the Foundation, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will retain the organisation with some of its charitable causes. Meghan and Harry, meanwhile, will remove their specific projects and re-house them elsewhere in a charitable organisation to be set up later this year.

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A statement on the Royal Foundation's website said it would "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.

"In addition both couples will continue to work together on projects in the future, including on The Foundation’s mental health programme, Heads Together."

The changes are being made, the statement explained, 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."

William and Kate will be developing new charitable initiatives linked to the environment as well as support for children and families which will fall under the Royal Foundation.

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Royal correspondent for the Daily Mail, Rebecca English, tweeted this afternoon that the Palace had denied Meghan and Harry's departure from The Royal Foundation "has anything to do with a rift".

"[The split] will be seen as another very public sign of the divergence of their official duties - and private lives," she wrote on Twitter earlier.

Well, the awesome foursome was nice while it lasted.

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