Many of Prince Philip’s 992 patronages are “ retiring ” because it would be “ overwhelming ” to distribute them among a diminishing number of working royals, Omid Scobie claims.
- Prince Philip’s patronages are ‘retiring’ instead of being passed on
- Biograaf says royals are going to work with fewer charities, but have a bigger impact
- Added Cambridges and Sussexes work with fewer charities but have more impact
Many of Prince Philip’s patronages could be retired rather than passed on to his relatives, Omid Scobie claims.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s friend and biographer said working royals will take a bigger role in lesser causes rather than dividing their time among hundreds of organizations.
More than 2,800 organizations in the UK have royal patrons. The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 organizations, either as President, Patron, Honorary Member, until his death at Windsor Castle earlier this month.
Many of Prince Philip’s patronages could be retired rather than passed on to his relatives, Omid Scobie claims. Prince Philip is portrayed at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gold presentations in County Down in 2017
Omid said with the visions of a “ downsized monarchy ” it is unlikely that the royals will be able to assume the responsibility of the Duke’s patronage, including the Scouts, Shakespeare’s Globe and the World Wildlife Fund.
“ We often talk about the slimmed-down future for The Firm, but we don’t often talk about how that will affect the workload, ” he told the Generously obsessed podcast.
‘The list of patronages the Duke of Edinburgh has to his name is quite overwhelming to look at and I don’t think there is any system in place to properly distribute these among all members of the royal family or working royals.
‘Because that includes a 65-year legacy for the Duke, so I think we’ll see many of them retire,’ he added.
More than 2,800 organizations in the UK have royal patrons. The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 organizations, either as president, patron, honorary member, until his death earlier this month. Philip and the Queen are portrayed in 1997 in The Globe, where he was a patron
While older members of the royal family have more patronages, younger and newer members have hired less to be more active within them.
The Duke of Cambridge is the patron of 20 organizations, including Tusk Trust, United for Wildlife and The Passage.
Meanwhile, his father, Prince Charles, is patron of an estimated 400 organizations, while the queen has about 600 patronages.
However, Kate Middleton only has 19 patronages, including Action for Children and SportsAid, while Prince Harry has 18 patronages.
Prince William, 38, pictured with the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, at the Cheesy Waffles Project, a children’s charity of which Prince Philip was patron. The Duke was heard asking youths, ‘Do you know he was my grandfather?
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s five patrons include Smart Works, The Royal National Theater, and animal welfare organization Mayhew.
“What we’ve seen from the Cambridges and even the Sussexes when they were still working members of the royal family – that kind of lesser approach makes for a lot more impactful work,” added Omid.
“Harry and Meghan had a very small list of bosses between them, but what they managed to do with those bosses was very impressive.”
“And I think we’ve seen the Cambridges do much the same to theirs, especially now that Kate continues her work from a young age.”
He added that the royal family’s ‘working model’ is changing, and that there may be fewer openings and disclosures and instead more focus on cause-driven initiatives.