Our Mission

Driven by a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Our programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people and the armed forces community.

We focus on projects that meet some simple criteria – they must reflect the interests and passions of our Principals; they bring about sustainable change to issues that matter to society; they are innovative; and they work in a way that only The Royal Foundation can make happen.

We support these projects by using our Principals’ convening power to provide a neutral platform where charities and other organisations can work together.

We are also very clear to set out a timeline for the life of the programme. If a new potential project meets our criteria we research and explore the most effective solutions, scaling when appropriate and ultimately handing the reins over to one of our partners or developing it in a way that makes it self-sustainable. The Invictus Games is one such programme, developed by The Royal Foundation, now successfully growing and run independently.

The Royal Foundation was legally established by The Princes in September 2009 and became fully operational in 2011, when The Duchess of Cambridge joined as a Principal Patron. The Duchess of Sussex become the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

What We Do

Executive team

The Executive Team is responsible for the leadership, strategy and execution of the organisational priorities. They are supported by a small administrative team.

Lorraine Heggessey
Chief Executive Officer

Natalie Leon
Director of Finance and Operations

Elaine Dodds
Director of Development

Natalie Campbell
Director of Innovation & Insight

Rob Abercrombie
Director of Programmes & Partnerships

Our Accounts

The Royal Foundation is a Registered Charity No. 1132048 and a Company limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No. 07033553. A copy of the 2015 statutory accounts, together with the Trustees’ and Auditor’s report is available to download below.