Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Don’t Want to be ‘Controlled’ by Prince William: The Real Reason for the Joint Charity Split

Reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will split from the joint charity they are involved in with Prince William and Kate Middleton are leading to plenty of speculation about the reason behind this decision. No surprise, this move lends itself pretty well to support the on and off rumors of feuds brewing between the couples, with one report noting the Sussexes don’t want to be “controlled” by Prince William any longer.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Prince William attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Prince William | CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images

The couple will split from the Royal Foundation

Prince Harry and Prince William launched the Royal Foundation in 2009, were joined by Middleton and later Markle, when they were dubbed the “fab four.” A formal announcement is expected that the Sussexes will separate themselves from the foundation, following the split of households in which Prince Harry and Markle moved their office to Buckingham Palace and made Frogmore Cottage their home.

This professional separation might not be so surprising, given their household split, with each couple having their own families and own priorities now.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie shared on Yahoo UK’s The Royal Box earlier this month: “I think that it would be a lie to say that things weren’t patchy with William and Harry at one point, but to call it a feud, to call it a fall-out, is far too extreme.”

Scobie added: “I think the best thing that could have happened for them was to now be in their separate households, working separately, being able to come together for special family moments and social occasions.”

Is the split a sign of a rift?

A Royal Foundation spokesperson released a statement, telling ET this week: “We announced earlier this year that The Royal Foundation was reviewing its structures in order to best support Their Royal Highnesses in their future roles and their new households. Any announcement regarding the outcome of this review will be made in due course.”

Commentator Duncan Larcombe told Yahoo’s Royal Box that the split from the charity “is definitely a sign that things aren’t going so swimmingly for the four of them.”

He added: “Certainly, the fact they have their own media team, they are now living in a different place. There are a lot of signs that perhaps they are not the best of friends.”

A royal staffer shared with the Sunday Times that a split with the charity was definitely a sign of a rift, explaining: “The foundation’s the one to watch. If it doesn’t hold together, that’s a real sign there’s a problem.”

Some of that fallout, a palace insider noted, is because “William’s quite controlling, and he was in control when it was just the three of them, but now he’s not.”

Larcombe shared: “Meghan and Harry aren’t going to be controlled by William. They are going to do it their way, and there is scope for them to do that.”

The Sussexes want to ‘move in their own direction’

Royal expert Russel Myers told Lorraine: “The Sussexes are moving in a different direction than the Cambridges. It has a lot to do with Prince William being prepared to be Prince of Wales and King.”

He added: “I can confirm that the Royal Foundation will be splitting… the reason for it is that the Sussexes are going to be allowed to move in their own direction.”

Myers further noted that “Prince Harry and Markle will court the American donors — they’re doing things with Oprah, with Apple TV, about mental health. We will see Meghan and Harry do a lot of things with these American endeavours.”