Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Have Plans To Start Their Own Charity

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It should be set in motion by the end of the year

The Cambridges and the Sussexes are switching up the royal charity structures. It was recently announced that The Royal Foundation, the 'primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle' for Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan and Kate, will no longer be helmed by the foursome. And no, it’s not down to any 'royal feud', but rather because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning their own philanthropic foundation.

The Royal Foundation was founded by Prince Harry and Prince William back in 2009. In the past decade, it has put into place several initiatives relating to mental health, young people and the environment - including the Heads Together programme and the Shout crisis support service.

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Today in the UK, a critical new 24/7 text helpline has launched - @giveusashoutinsta This free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way, for those experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support. This is an extension of the @heads_together initiative backed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Earlier last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners. Last November, Their Royal Highnesses also made a surprise visit to meet with a group of Shout volunteers, and participated in a panel with mental health activist @bryonygordon hearing firsthand how the volunteers have found making the connection with vulnerable texters, a majority of whom are under 25, so rewarding - helping to get them through a moment of crisis to a calmer place, and giving them courage to find longer-term support. Powered by a team of trained volunteers, Shout has already quietly enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers over the last 12 months, whom in turn have helped 60,000 people. SHOUT is modeled on @crisistextline in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages, Shout is the largest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date, in partnership with @heads_together. Tapping into the UK’s volunteer community, Shout aims to recruit 3,000 additional volunteers by the end of the year. Mobilizing a volunteer community with this innovative use of technology will go a long way in helping people get the critical help they need, often in the darkest of times, when those are privately and silently suffering and afraid to seek help. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.giveusashout.org Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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Following the creation of a new Household for Prince Harry and Meghan, the four have gone on to lead more separate lives with Prince William and Kate living at Kensington Palace, London, and the Sussexes residing at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are separating from the charity to embark upon a new venture, in a move that, according to an official statement, is 'designed to best complement the work and responsibilities of Their Royal Highnesses as they prepare for their future roles, and to better align their charitable activity with their new households'. 

A statement from The Royal Foundation said that the organisaiton will ‘become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’, but hinted that the four may overlap on future projects, such as continuing the Heads Together campaign. 

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Today in the UK, a critical new 24/7 text helpline has launched - @giveusashoutinsta This free text messaging helpline is a private, silent and trusted way, for those experiencing mental health challenges to find a safe space to seek help and support. This is an extension of the @heads_together initiative backed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Earlier last year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began supporting this vital program behind the scenes by hosting a meeting at Kensington Palace with contributors and partners. Last November, Their Royal Highnesses also made a surprise visit to meet with a group of Shout volunteers, and participated in a panel with mental health activist @bryonygordon hearing firsthand how the volunteers have found making the connection with vulnerable texters, a majority of whom are under 25, so rewarding - helping to get them through a moment of crisis to a calmer place, and giving them courage to find longer-term support. Powered by a team of trained volunteers, Shout has already quietly enlisted and trained 1,000 volunteers over the last 12 months, whom in turn have helped 60,000 people. SHOUT is modeled on @crisistextline in the US, which since 2013 has processed more than 100 million messages, Shout is the largest initiative of The Royal Foundation to date, in partnership with @heads_together. Tapping into the UK’s volunteer community, Shout aims to recruit 3,000 additional volunteers by the end of the year. Mobilizing a volunteer community with this innovative use of technology will go a long way in helping people get the critical help they need, often in the darkest of times, when those are privately and silently suffering and afraid to seek help. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.giveusashout.org Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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At this stage, details of what the charity's focus are purely speculative, but many suspect that it might prioritise gender equality, women's rights and girls' education, due to Meghan's longtime involvement in the cause; she's been an Advocate for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and recently worked with women displaced in the Grenfell Tower fire to publish a community cookbook. 

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