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Will and Kate’s Royal Foundation Sees a Surge in Support

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released the annual Trustees and Financial Report for their Royal Foundation showing a surge in support in 2020 and beyond.

AUGUST 5th, 2021

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he annual Financial and Trustees Review Report has been released by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today, showing that the foundation has seen an astronomical surge in support and donations. A staggering £11.68m was made by the Cambridge’s foundation, almost doubling the £6.68m raised in 2019. The documents, which were made available online earlier today, also show that £2.59m was included in the final total through a donation from American Friends of the Royal Foundation - showing that the Duke and Duchess can still pack a punch in the United States.

The report detailed much of the charity work the Cambridges have conducted throughout the financial year, including Mental Health, the Early Years, Conservation and the inclusion of championing our healthcare sector throughout the pandemic. What is also clear in the report is the ambitions initially planned for 2020 by the Duke and Duchess were not impeded by the pandemic, but in fact grew.

Prince William speaks with Sir David Attenborough for the launch of his Netflix film in 2020. - © AP

To achieve these growing ambitions the Foundation’s report shows that £9.2m was spent across its entire expenditure - £8.3m was spent on charitable activities, representing 91% of total expenditure. This number was claimed as a slight increase from 2019, which sat at 87% total expenditure.

Across the numerous charitable endeavours William and Kate have helped create, some interesting details were released. Take Prince William’s United for Wildlife taskforce, which has now trained 80,000 staff across the financial and transport sector in how to stop illegal wildlife trafficking. There were also some tantalising details over the Earthshot Prize, the world’s most prestigious environmental prize, and the Foundation’s most expensive initiative to date, stating that the nominees would be announced in the Autumn before the first award ceremony which will be held in London. This will also coincide with the Earthshot prize book, which can be ordered here.

The Duchess of Cambridge launches her Early Years centre earlier this year. - © Getty Images

For the Duchess of Cambridge, whose focus on the Early Years saw the ‘5 Big Questions’ survey - the biggest of its kind ever released, over £1.1 million was spent on the subsequent nationwide research activities, setting the foundation for the programme's future strategy, says the report. This strategy seems to be aiming global with the U.S. First Lady Dr Jill Biden co-authoring an article alongside the Duchess on the importance of the Early Years and pledging her support to her initiative.

A subject which has been at the forefront of the Cambridge’s work is mental health, with the report stating the success of the heads Together campaign, a brainchild of the Duchess of Cambridge. Numerous charitable partnerships have since emerged from the campaign, including, Mentally Healthy Schools, Mental Health at Work, HeadFit and Shout. The report also claims that each of these programmes have seen significant increase in demand due to the pandemic, demonstrating how critical the care for mental health issues has become. For the Duke of Cambridge, the growing concern over racism in sport, in particular football, has seen him create the Heads Up campaign, working to remove racism from the sport. As President of the FA and with the recent appalling abuse suffered by Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho after the Euros final, it is claimed that Prince William’s focus will increase in this area.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shifted a large percentage of their focus to supporting the NHS and emergency responders on the frontline. Combining Prince William’s own experiences as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, and a research project conducted by The Royal Foundation, Kings College London and The Open University, the report highlighted the Emergency Responder Senior Leaders Board. Representing over 135 blue light organisations, the board has since developed mental health support across the entire sector.

The report also highlights the exiting of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2019 from the Foundation as they moved to LA and set up their own Foundation, initially known as “Sussex Royal” and then subsequently changed to Archewell.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet with NHS and Frontline staff to launch a COVID-19 Mental Health relief fund work £1.8m. - © Getty Images

Ultimately the report highlights what has been a successful year for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their charitable endeavours, irrespective of the challenging circumstances surrounding the pandemic. And excitingly it also looks to what is expected to be another ambitious and exciting year for 2021 and the future.

You can see The Royal Foundation's Annual Trustees and Financial Report in full here.

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