The Duchess of Sussex celebrated Independence Day yesterday by attending Wimbledon to watch close friend Serena Williams take the court. Flanked by two friends from her university days, it marked the third time we’ve seen Meghan since she gave birth to Archie two months ago. As was noted at the time, she will continue to pop up now and again for specific engagements, and given her friendship with Williams, and the precedent set forth by the Duchess of Cambridge during her own maternity leaves, yesterday’s attendance makes sense.
Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers! Today seems like as good a day as any to zero in on the British Royal Family’s most famous American: the Duchess of Sussex. I’ve had a version of this post pending in my drafts for about a week now, and I’ve finally decided to go ahead a send it along.
The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance on Saturday alongside her husband, the Duke of Sussex, ahead of Europe’s first ever Major League Baseball game. The MLB partnered with the Invictus Games for a two-game series in London, the first of which featured the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
As has been widely rumored and quasi-confirmed earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake official visits to Africa later this year. Buckingham Palace announced this afternoon that Harry and Meghan will together visit South Africa, and that Harry will travel solo to Angola and Malawi at the request of the Foreign Office. While in the region, Harry will make a “working trip” to Botswana, labeled as such because it’s not at the direction of the FO.
On Tuesday the 2018-2019 summary report of the Sovereign Grant was released, sparking a slew of news stories on how much money the Royal Family brought in and spent, and raising the age-old question of whether their expenditure is worth the monarchy’s cost.
As first reported by Emily Andrews a few weeks ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are indeed splitting away from the Royal Foundation. Per the official announcement, later this year, the Royal Foundation will be led by only the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, while the Sussexes will begin their own charitable foundation. The language also makes clear that the two couples will still partner on specific projects, including the successful mental health campaign, Heads Together.
Happy Friday! I thought we’d celebrate with a quick royal roundup on a few odds and ends going on with the Royal Family this week.
As we speak the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are carrying out a series of engagements in Cumbria, which I will wrap up in a separate post later today. In the meantime, though, I want to weigh in on a few narratives I’ve seen unfolding online following the U.S. state visit and Saturday’s Trooping the Colour. Some of this comes from the fact I fell down a royal Twitter wormhole last night (God help me), and some are just a few issues I’ve noticed and think are worth addressing. So, let’s get into it.
It’s that time of year again! The British Royal Family gathered for Trooping the Colour, one of the biggest banner events in the royal calendar. For the uninitiated, TTC is a military display put on by regiments of British and Commonwealth armies. Each year, the Royal Family processes in a public parade and then watches the fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
A new article this morning from royal reporter Emily Andrews says that the Sussexes may split from the Royal Foundation, the charitable organization that they co-lead with the Cambridges. Nothing official has been confirmed by the Palace, and per the article, nothing has been formalized internally at this point, but Andrews’ reporting over the last year has been pretty spot-on with what’s going on with the royal household(s).