Prince William and Kate Middleton Hold a Secret Meeting at Kensington Palace

Prince William and Kate Middleton hosted a very special guest at Kensington Palace this week. American billionaire Bill Gates joined the couple in their home in London, though their meeting was not on the official schedule. Instead, the three met in private, with Gates’s presence later noted in the Court Circular, a record of all the engagements held by members of the royal family.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton | Photo by Asadour Guzelian – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Why did Prince William and Kate Middleton meet with Gates?

As it turns out, Gates’s arrival in London had something to do with Prince William and Middleton’s main charitable arm, The Royal Foundation.

According to Hello Magazine, the Microsoft founder met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a potential donor to their charity. As head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has donated well over $30 billion to charitable organizations around the world.

It is unclear if Gates plans on giving funds to The Royal Foundation, but he would definitely be a great addition to the team. Unfortunately, Prince William and Middleton have not commented on his visit, so it is still unclear what was discussed.

The Royal Foundation was founded in 2009 by Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. Middleton joined the organization in 2011 after marrying Prince William, while Meghan Markle became a patron last year.

The secret meeting, meanwhile, comes shortly after Prince William and Middleton removed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from The Royal Foundation entirely.

Prince Harry and Markle ditch The Royal Foundation

Back in May, Prince Harry and Markle confirmed that they were planning on leaving The Royal Foundation so that they could focus on their own projects.

Fast forward to this week, and the move has finally happened. Prince William and Middleton just removed the Sussexes names from The Royal Foundation’s website, officially severing them from the organization.

From this point on, the Cambridges will be leading the charge when it comes to The Royal Foundation and are planning on championing five causes: nature conservation, youth services, child development, mental health, and the military.

While they are no longer partnering in the same charity, the couples are still open to working together in the future.

In fact, they recently teamed up for a short film on behalf of the Every Mind Matters campaign. The clip included appearances from Prince William, Middleton, Prince Harry, and Markle – reuniting the Fab Four for the first time in years.

The special aired on all major networks in the U.K. and the royals are hoping it will help encourage people to be more open about mental health. Apart from the Fab Four, the video featured several celebrities, including Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Freddie Flintoff, and Davina McCall.

What’s ahead for Prince Harry and Markle?

While Prince William and Middleton are clearly forging ahead, Prince Harry and Markle are looking to do the same.

This summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced plans to launch a new charitable organization called Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Their new organization will still work with Prince William and Middleton on mental health initiatives, including their Heads Together program.

Outside of that, the two are expected to continue some of the projects they started while they were still with The Royal Foundation. This includes Prince Harry’s Invictus Games and Markle’s cookbook for the community.

While revamping their company’s website, Prince William and Middleton removed the former actress’s Empowering Communities project, something she will likely continue with her new charity.

Markle and Prince Harry, of course, recently returned home after their ten-day tour of South Africa. The pair visited a number of different locations in the region and worked with several charities along the way.

The trip also marked their first as a family of three. The two brought along their baby boy, Archie Harrison, who ended up making a few appearances along the way.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle nor Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on their removal from The Royal Foundation’s website, but we cannot wait to see what is in store for them in the coming months.