Duke and Duchess of Cambridge push to make charity staff more diverse

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Foundation make recruiting a more diverse workforce a ‘particular focus’ – after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal racist claims

  • Cambridges’ Royal Foundation revealed plans for diversity push in annual report
  • Report states formal targets for diversity of board have not previously been set
  • Foundation said they remain committed to being a mentally healthy workplace 
  • Comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s acrimonious split from the Firm 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation has revealed it’s pushing for more diversity among its workforce in its annual report. 

The Trustees’ and Auditor’s report for 2020 stated that while diversity is always considered in recruitment, there have been no ‘formal targets for diversity of the board’ and improving this has become a ‘particular focus’. 

The report, which covered the period of January to December 2020 comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s acrimonious split from the Royal Family and subsequent allegations of racism within the Firm. 

In their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Meghan Markle claimed a senior royal had raised concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin might be before he was born. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation have revealed a push for more diversity among their staff in their annual report. The couple are pictured in Edinburgh in May

The Trustees’ and Auditor’s report for 2020 stated improving diversity among staff has become a ‘particular focus’. The Duke and Duchess are pictured speaking with the parent of a boy who has benefited from the Royal Foundation

The report reads: ‘The Royal Foundation remains committed to equality and diversity and to ensuring a positive, safe and respectful environment which promotes the wellbeing and dignity of its employees, applicants, partners, suppliers and those whose interests it represents.’ 

The Foundation’s report also states that they are committed to being a ‘mentally healthy workplace’ revealing they ‘a number of wellbeing initiatives’ in place to ensure employees can maintain good mental health. 

The Royal Foundation, of which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are patrons, has set up several mental health initiatives. 

It helped launch Heads Together, a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation around mental health, and Contact, which aims to help members of the armed forces access mental health and support.

The Royal Foundation, which has the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as its patrons, has set up several mental health initiatives. Kate and William are pictured with Harry during a visit in support of the Heads Together in 2017 

The Cambridges attended the launch of mental health charity Shout last year, backed by the Royal Foundation among others, which offers a 24/7 text service to those struggling with mental health issues.

Prince Harry and Meghan were also patrons of the organisation but revealed their plan to split from the Royal Foundation and establish their own foundation in June 2019, six months before they decided to step back from the royal family.

Meghan, 40, claimed in her explosive Oprah interview that she was offered no support from the monarchy after revealing she was suicidal. 

Buckingham Palace are reportedly ignoring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s racism allegations in the hope they ‘go away’, an updated biography has claimed.  

A source claimed to Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are seen as being close to the couple: ‘There is a feeling that if it’s ignored it will go away but surely by now they should have learned that that never happens?’

The report, which covered the period of January to December 2020 comes after the Duchess of Sussex’s acrimonious split from the Royal Family following allegations of racism within the Firm during her interview with Oprah Winfrey 

The updated Finding Freedom (pictured) chapter claims the Palace now think they can ignore the explosive claims and they ‘will go away’

The writers claimed the insider had been ‘horrified’ by Meghan and Harry’s allegation.

Earlier this week extracts from the revised chapter were leaked, claiming the Sussexes considered naming the royal who allegedly asked the question.

The authors reported that the couple weighed up ‘sharing this detail’ during Oprah sit down. But Meghan ultimately told Oprah revealing the individual’s identity would be ‘very damaging to them’.

A leaked epilogue to the update of Finding Freedom makes a series of dramatic claims about the couple, the state of their relationship with the Royal Family.  

It says Prince William was left ‘furious’ by the broadcast – but Meghan found it ‘cathartic’ and ‘liberating’.

It also quotes a friend of the Duchess as complaining that, several months later, ‘little accountability’ had been taken by the monarchy over her allegations.

Harry and Meghan have repeatedly insisted Finding Freedom was unauthorised and they had not offered any co-operation.

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