The Royal Foundation

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The Royal Foundation
Formation 2009
Type Charity
Registration no. 1132048
(registered charity number)
Purpose Supporting charities
United Kingdom
Keith Mills
Chief Executive
Nick Booth
Key people
The Duke of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke of Sussex
The Duchess of Sussex
Miguel Head
Edward Harley
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton
Guy Monson
Tessa Green
Charles Mindenhall
Demetra Pinsent
Simon Patterson

The Royal Foundation was set up in September 2009 to enable Prince William and Prince Harry (now Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex respectively) to take forward their charitable ambitions. Catherine Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge) and Meghan Markle (now Duchess of Sussex) later joined as patrons of the foundation.[1]

The princes' charitable work[edit]

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are Patron or President of a small number of charities and organisations that range across a wide spectrum of life in Britain and abroad; in 2006 they created The Princes’ Charities Forum in order to foster collaboration among the charities and organisations with which they are affiliated.

They followed the considerable ongoing success of this by staging Concert for Diana in July 2007, a memorial for their mother, this raised £1million for eight charities and was watched by around 15 million people across the UK and was broadcast to more than 500 million homes in 140 countries.

In May 2008, the brothers inspired others to stage City Salute, raising £1million for Headley Court military hospital, and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), to support wounded soldiers and their families.

The Foundation is the culmination of the brothers’ charitable lives so far. Along with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, they intend to use the Foundation as the main vehicle for their future charitable activities and through raising sustainable sources of funds, the Foundation will be able to make charitable grants and support projects of particular interest. The Foundation has collaborated with two organisations to date (Fields in Trust and ARK).

William said: "We are incredibly excited about our new Foundation. We believe that it will provide a unique opportunity for us to use our privileged position to make a real difference in the future to many areas of charitable work.

"We feel passionately that, working closely together with those who contribute to our Foundation, we can help to make a long-lasting and tangible difference."

Areas of focus[edit]

Although their Foundation is not limited to these three areas of focus, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan aim to make the following their early areas of focus:

  1. Young People - particularly those of their own age and younger who are disadvantaged or in need of guidance and support at a crucial time in their lives;
  2. Sustainable development - particularly to build on the growing awareness of the need to find better, more sustainable, models to balance development and the conservation of resources and the natural environment;
  3. Armed Forces – for the welfare of those who serve their country in the Armed Forces, particularly looking after those who return broken in body or mind – or not at all – and their families.

They will also aim to use their Foundation to respond to other needs and opportunities although at this point the Foundation is unable to accept unsolicited requests for support.

The Foundation is also pleased to be able to assist in facilitating the Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund.

In March 2011, William and Kate set up a gift fund held by The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry to allow well-wishers wanting to give them a wedding gift to donate money to charities they care about instead,[2] the gift fund supported 26 charities of the couple’s choice, incorporating the armed forces, children, the elderly, art, sport and conservation. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far.[3]

On 8 January 2012, The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry announced partnership with The Forces in Mind Trust to support former UK military personnel and their families.[4]

The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund[edit]

The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund including:

  • Oily Cart: a charity providing interactive theatre for under-fives and young children with learning difficulties[5][6]
  • PeacePlayers International: a charity uses sport, particularly basketball, to unite and educate young people from diverse backgrounds[7][6]
  • The Ocean Youth Trust: a charity based around teaching people to sail to enhance personal development[8][6]
  • Greenhouse Schools: a charity that uses sport and dance programmes to reach out to London's disadvantaged children[9][6]
  • IntoUniversity: a charity that provides local learning centres in disadvantaged areas to inspire the local youngsters to achieve[10][6]
  • Beatbullying: a charity that works with children affected by bullying to provide them with support and confidence[11][6]
  • The Association for Children's Palliative Care (ACT): a charity that aims to give children who are not expected to reach adulthood the best quality of life they can[12][6]
  • The Scottish Community Foundation: a charity that helps fund good causes all across Scotland[13][6]
  • The Berkshire Community Foundation: a charity that gives grants to local voluntary organisations[14][6]
  • Combat Stress: a charity providing care for veterans' mental health[15][6]
  • The Household Cavalry Benevolent fund: a charity providing support to soldiers' families, former soldiers and serving soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment[16][6]
  • The Irish Guards Appeal: a charity to help all Irish Guards and their families who have been affected by serious injury or disability[17][6]
  • The Army Widows Association: a charity that provides comfort and support to widows and widowers of service men and women[18][6]
  • The RAF Benevolent Fund: a charity that provides practical and financial support to members of the RAF and their families[19][6]
  • The Zoological Society of London: a charity for the worldwide conservation of wildlife and their habitats[20][6]
  • Earthwatch: a charity to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment[21][6]
  • The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary: a charity that provides assistance to the National Defence and Coast Guard with search and rescue and safe boating programmes[22][6]
  • The Christchurch Earthquake appeal: a charity raising money for the victims and victims' families of the earthquake that devastated Christchurch in February 2011[23][6]
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia: a charity delivering health care and emergency service to those who live, travel and work throughout Australia[24][25][6]
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: a charity that provides advice and support to anyone trying to cope with grief[26][6]
  • Dance United: a charity that uses contemporary dance training to unlock the potential of young offenders and disadvantaged children[27][6]
  • Venture Trust: a charity that uses wilderness expeditions to provide young people with personal development activities[28][6]
  • Keyfund: a charity providing young people with the opportunity to practically develop skills, confidence and self-awareness to reach their potential[29][6]
  • A National Voice: a charity run for and by young people who are or have been in care to create positive changes to the care system[30][6]
  • Youth Access: a charity that provides advice and counselling to youngsters across the UK[31][6]
  • The Community Foundation in Wales: a charity that manages funds to provide volunteer organisations in Wales with necessary grants[32][6]

The future[edit]

In January 2010, William said: "We are incredibly lucky, Harry and I. We know that, but both our father and our mother instilled in us, from the word go, that with these great privileges goes an absolute responsibility to give back", and Harry said: "We are both massively excited at the prospect of being able to help in whatever way we can, where we can. As Prince William said, if we can use our position to do this, we are ready to."

Following her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017, Meghan Markle also became involved in the work of the Foundation, and became its fourth patron following her marriage, on 19 May 2018.

Foundation details[edit]

The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry received charitable status from the Charity Commission on 8 October 2009.

Catherine formally became a Patron of the Foundation alongside her husband and Prince Harry at the Board of Trustees meeting on 29 September 2011.

The Foundation has appointed an experienced group of Trustees, chaired by Robin Janvrin, who was previously Private Secretary to Elizabeth II.

Royal Foundation Forum[edit]

The first Royal Foundation Forum was held at the end of February 2018 with William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan Markle in attendance. Under the theme Making A Difference Together, the event in central London showcased programmes run or initiated by the Royal Foundation such as Heads Together, the Invictus Games, and United For Wildlife. Markle formally became the fourth patron of The Royal Foundation following her wedding to Harry on 19 May 2018. She said, "I think right now in the climate we are seeing so many campaigns, I mean Me Too and Time's Up, there is no better time than to really continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them, men included in that."[34][35]


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  34. ^ Furness, Hannah (28 February 2018). "Meghan Markle says women 'don't need help to find their voice' as she urges Royals to harness Time's Up and Me Too campaigns". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  35. ^ Campbell, Sarah (28 February 2018). "Meghan Markle wants to 'hit ground running' with royal charity work". BBC News. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 

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