On the 28th February, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle took part in the first annual Royal Foundation Forum.
Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation, and included a number of delegates who have been involved in key projects. The Royal Foundation’s programmes to date include Heads Together, the Invictus Games, and United for Wildlife.
The Duke and Duchess, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle appeared on stage together to discuss why The Royal Foundation was set up, the projects they are currently working on, and their ambitions for the future. During the event, Their Royal Highnesses and Ms. Markle also met with other forum attendees. Ms. Markle will formally become the fourth Patron of The Royal Foundation after her and Prince Harry’s wedding on 19th May.
Launched in 2011, The Royal Foundation was set up by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable and philanthropic interests. For the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry especially, they have been inspired by the causes championed by their parents and other Members of the Royal Family, and their constant commitment to charity.
Creating The Foundation was a new style of how the Royal Family could engage with causes that are close to their hearts. It allows them to work together across this generation as well as bring others together to focus on areas they are each passionate about.
Once The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron, Their Royal Highness’s established a key focus of working together, as well as convening others to help tackle society’s biggest challenges.
We are delighted to welcome Meghan to the Foundation. She has always shown great drive and compassion for making a difference in the world, and we are excited to embark on important projects together.
Together we use the passion and unique influence of our Patrons to change mindsets and make a lasting difference on the issues that matter to them and to society. We never begin a project thinking we have the answer. From day one, the Foundation was built with an open door, and whatever we do, we invite the best and brightest to sit with us around the table to help find solutions.
We don’t just help raise awareness about issues, but aim to truly change attitudes and make a lasting difference to communities in the U.K. and abroad.
We currently run a number of unique programmes, including the nationwide sporting apprenticeship scheme Coach Core, the veteran support organisation The Endeavour Fund, and the new Heads Together mentally healthy schools initiative that is helping teachers support their pupils’ mental wellbeing.