CEO quits as William and Kate's advisor at Royal Foundation

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & # 39; s renewed charity is led by their former communications secretary, Kensington Palace revealed today.

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Jason Knauf becomes director of the organization that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left earlier this summer to set up their own foundation.

The Royal Assistant, who previously operated the Kensington Palace press office, replaces former BBC One controller Lorraine Heggessey when she retires in the fall.

Jason Knauf

Lorraine Heggessey

Lorraine Heggessey

Jason Knauf (left) replaces Lorraine Heggessey (right) as chief executive of the ducal foundation of the duke and duchess of Cambridge when they resign

The duke and duchess of Sussex (left) joined the duke and duchess of Cambridge (right) to launch the first Royal Foundation forum in London on 28 February 2018

The duke and duchess of Sussex (left) joined the duke and duchess of Cambridge (right) to launch the first Royal Foundation forum in London on 28 February 2018

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The duke and duchess of Sussex (left) joined the duke and duchess of Cambridge (right) to launch the first Royal Foundation forum in London on 28 February 2018

William and Kate paid tribute to Mrs. Heggessey, who served in the post for two and a half years, and said she played an integral role in our charity initiatives.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a statement: & We are very grateful for her hard work and support and wish her all the best for the future.

& # 39; We are pleased that Jason has been appointed as CEO and look forward to working with him in his new position. & # 39;

Harry and Meghan added: “It was a great pleasure to work with Lorraine in recent years to defend the causes that we attach so much importance to and wish them all the best for the next phase of her career. & # 39;

William and Kate and Harry and Meghan stood far apart for Trooping the Color on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 8

William and Kate and Harry and Meghan stood far apart for Trooping the Color on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 8

William and Kate and Harry and Meghan stood far apart for Trooping the Color on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 8

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie on May 8 at Windsor Castle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie on May 8 at Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie on May 8 at Windsor Castle

The palace also revealed that from 1 October the Royal Foundation will be the & # 39; most important charity vehicle for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & # 39; is becoming.

What are the William, Kate, Harry and Meghan all about?

The duke and duchess of Cambridge and the duke and duchess of Sussex went from a & # 39; Fab Four & # 39; royal charity power team to divide their focus into two separate foundations.

– What are Harry and Meghan doing?

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Harry and Meghan are leaving their joint charity foundation with William and Kate to set up one themselves.

– What will it be called?

There is no name yet and there are no details about what Harry and Meghan will focus on.

But it will probably be a & # 39; global reach & # 39; include, the pair is passionate about working in Africa and promoting female empowerment.

– What about William and Kate?

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They remain with the original foundation that will be renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

When was the Royal Foundation established?

William and Harry founded the body in 2009 to conduct all their charity campaigns, Kate joined after her wedding in 2011 and Meghan officially became part of the team after she married the Windsors in 2018.

Campaigns include Heads Together, the Endeavor Fund and projects with the Invictus Games.

– How did Meghan get involved?

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When Harry and Meghan's engagement was revealed in 2017, Kensington Palace announced that the former actress gave up her own charity interests to work with the Foundation.

& # 39; The only role with which it will begin is as the patron of the Royal Foundation. That's a decision she made, & said Harry & # 39; s then head of communications Jason Knauf.

– What was the first event of the four royals together?

They were called the Fab Four after being on stage together at the first, and so far alone, Royal Foundation forum in London in February 2018, three months before the wedding of Harry and Meghan. It was billed as an annual event.

Harry said it was good to have & # 39; four different personalities & # 39; but they had the same passion to make a difference.

He said: & # 39; working as a family has his challenges & # 39; but he insisted & # 39; we stay together for the rest of our lives & # 39 ;.

– What has changed since Harry and Meghan got married?

In the past year there have been reports of a breakup, first between Kate and Meghan and then between William and his younger brother, Harry.

There were allegations of a dispute between the duchesses, who are said to be & # 39; very different people & # 39; about reprimanding staff and tensions while fitting Princess Charlotte's bridesmaid dress.

This was followed by reports of a tense relationship and quarrel between the dukes.

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– Is this the case?

Sources deny there was a feud, and said that the announcement of the split in households was mainly about preparing both couples for their future roles, which are clearly on different paths.

They added that the & # 39; Sussexes have a little more freedom and flexibility & # 39 ;.

William is a future king and Kate a future queen partner, while Harry is sixth in line.

– What had happened before the split of the charity organization was announced?

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In March it was announced that Harry and Meghan would divorce William and Kate's office at Kensington Palace and since then they have set up their own household at Buckingham Palace.

But royal assistants said at the time that the four joint patrons of the Royal Foundation would remain.

– What are the other recent changes?

Harry and Meghan set up their own SussexRoyal Instagram account and moved to raise baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in Windsor, who previously lived in Kensington Palace, home of William and Kate and their children.

– Why was the announcement of the Royal Foundation important?

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The joint venture of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan was intended to harness the power of the four high-profile royals, but it only took 16 months since their first appearance as a foursome. The move was seen as the final step in the division of the public tasks of the couples.

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– Will they still work together?

The Royal Foundation said that both couples will continue to collaborate on projects in the future, in particular Heads Together.

– What about the two foundations that are seen as rivals?

Sources said the Royal Foundation of William and Kate would help establish the new Foundation of Sussexes, and they & # 39; expect the two organizations to have an incredibly close relationship & # 39 ;.

But in 2018, William actually called on charities to join forces instead of creating more individual organizations.

– What did the duke say?

In a keynote speech to the Charity Commission, William said: “Instead of setting up more individual charities working in the same areas, I wonder if we can do more to explore ways of joining forces together to work and innovate? & # 39; The duke added: & # 39; Competition for funds between an ever-increasing number of charities and the confusion that this can cause among donors can lead to the loss of expertise and, at worst, territorial behavior. & # 39 ;

This effectively cuts the last wire that holds the two pairs together.

Mr. Knauf was previously Director of Business Affairs at the Royal Bank of Scotland and worked for HM Treasury and for the New Zealand Government.

Mrs. Heggessey said: & # 39; This was one of the most amazing opportunities in my career.

& # 39; It was an enormous honor to work with their Royal Highnesses to try to change their minds on a wide range of topics, from the Heads Together initiatives for mental health through the welfare of veterans to nature conservation.

& # 39; I am very proud of what The Royal Foundation has achieved during this exciting period of growth. But when it comes to the next phase, I believe that this is the right time to resign and pursue my interests in the media sector. & # 39;

It comes a month after it was revealed that Harry and Meghan would formally split off from their common charity with William and Kate and set up their own foundation.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex broke away from the Royal Foundation in what is seen as the final step in the division of the couples' public duties.

It follows claims in the past year of a breach, first between Kate and Meghan, and then between future King Prince William and his younger brother, Harry.

Royal sources have denied that the changes were linked to these claims, but many will have seen it as part of the constant distance between the couples.

The joint venture of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan was intended to harness the star power of the four royal summits, but this only lasted 16 months.

After their first appearance as foursome at the first Royal Foundation forum in London in February 2018, they became the & # 39; Fab Four & # 39; called.

Although the opening event was billed as an annual affair, only the single assignment took place.

William and Kate stayed with the original charity, renamed the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Sources said that part of the move was related to the four royals who became two established couples with families, and also inspired by the division into two separate working households.

The change is intended to put the couples on & # 39; a path that is sustainable for the future & they said. William is a future king and Kate is a future queen partner, while Harry is only sixth in line for the throne.

The & # 39; Fab Four & # 39; appeared in February 2018 at & # 39; the Royal Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Foundation and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex & # 39; to promote.

But since then, the two households have separated, with the Sussex and Kensington Palace leaving Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and appointing their own staff.

The Foundation said the move to split last month followed a structural review, and both couples will continue to work together, including the Heads Together Mental Health strategy.

The Foundation, which had an income of £ 7.83 million last year, in addition to £ 9 million in 2017, said the decision was made to better coordinate their charity activities & # 39 ;.

Harry and Meghan were already separated from the Cambridges household in Kensington Palace and had settled in Buckingham Palace in the spring, with a separate communications head and a SussexRoyal Instagram account.

The SussexRoyalInstagram account has 9.2 million followers – just behind the KensingtonRoyal account for William and Kate, which has 9.7 million followers.

Royal assistants said earlier that the four joint patrons of the Royal Foundation would remain.

The duke and duchess, who welcomed baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in May, also moved from London's Kensington Palace – home of William and Kate and their children – to live in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.

During the Q&A last February, they were asked if there were disagreements, with William replying: & # 39; Oh yes & # 39 ;.

Harry also spoke about & # 39; healthy disagreements & # 39; and added that he could not remember whether they had all been resolved because they come & # 39; so thick and fast & # 39 ;.

Harry said that he and Meghan & # 39; were really looking forward to working forward as a couple and as a four and hoping to make a difference as much as possible where we could & # 39 ;.

Meghan said: "Thank God (there are) such different personalities and everyone is very communicative because you can really see bigger changes."

The Royal Foundation was founded in 2009 by William and Harry to conduct all their charitable campaigns and ventures, and was assisted by Kate when she became Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Meghan entered service in May 2018 after becoming an HRH, with the charity title later officially changing to The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Foundation focuses on issues such as helping young people, nature conservation, cyberbullying and supporting the army.

In 2017, the princes were widely praised for leading a campaign to tackle the stigma of mental illness and to talk about how they had suffered personally after the death of their mother Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

The body has launched successful charity campaigns, including Heads Together, the Endeavor Fund and projects with the Invictus Games for wounded or disabled veterans.

The split is likely to lead to claims that the two charities will be rivals with the foundations competing for publicity and funds in areas such as nature conservation or support for military veterans.

In January 2018, William called on charities to join forces instead of creating more individual organizations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on a fly-pass on the occasion of the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on a fly-pass on the occasion of the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on a fly-pass on the occasion of the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018

In a keynote speech to the Charity Commission, he said at the time: & Rather than setting up more individual charities working in the same areas, I wonder if we can do more to explore ways of joining forces, to collaborate and innovate? & # 39;

How TV Queen Lorraine Heggessey was the first woman to lead BBC One

Lorraine Heggessey has a long career in TV and started as an intern at BBC News in 1979.

She also worked for the Channel 4 show Hard News, edited the science series QED and was a producer on Panorama.

Mrs. Heggesses became the first woman to run BBC One and ordered hits including Strictly Come Dancing and the re-launched Doctor Who in her role there from 2000 to 2005.

She then moved to Talkback Thames, the producer of the British Got Talent and The Apprentice, in a job exchange with Peter Fincham, and stayed there for five years.

She was then appointed chief executive of The Royal Foundation in April 2017 and remained in the position for two and a half years.

Asked about the biggest challenge of running BBC One, she said in 2015: & actually it was something to wear. It's a real problem if you're a woman … the possibilities are endless. & # 39;

The duke added: & # 39; Competition for funds between an ever-increasing number of charities and the confusion that this can cause among donors can lead to the loss of expertise and, at worst, territorial behavior. & # 39 ;

William said a major change was needed and added: & # 39; The sector must be open to collaborate, share expertise and resources; focus less on individual interests and more on the benefits that collaboration brings. & # 39;

It follows from reports last month that Harry and Meghan are & # 39; his and her & # 39; employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs want to recruit to assist in their attempt to become global power figures.

Royal sources told The Mail on Sunday that, following the loss of a number of key employees, the pair was hiring & most of their new team from scratch & # 39 ;.

Meghan lost her assistant-private secretary Amy Pickerall in May, and Heather Wong, who does the same work for Prince Harry, is supposed to move to a new role.

The couple hopes to eventually replace both and have invited diplomats to apply for the first job.

An internal message says that successful applicants & # 39; senior leadership and management experience & # 39; need and & # 39; have confidence to put forward alternative ideas & # 39 ;.

Interviews are also being conducted for a new joint private secretary and the couple are expected to find someone with experience in Buckingham Palace.

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