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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Foundation REMOVES Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from its website and abolishes an 'empowering women' programme after couple left to launch their own charity

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 08/10/2019 Harriet Johnston For Mailonline

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry posing for a picture: Mention of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, and their charitable causes have been wiped from the Royal Foundation site, despite the Duke of Sussex co-founding the organisation in 2009

Mention of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, and their charitable causes have been wiped from the Royal Foundation site, despite the Duke of Sussex co-founding the organisation in 2009
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Foundation has wiped mentions of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from its website, following the couple's split from the charity earlier this year. 

Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 37, are now listed as the only two 'principals', with the Duke of Cambridge credited with 'founding' the charity, despite launching the organisation with Prince Harry, 35, in 2009. 

Projects launched by Harry while part of the Royal Foundation, such as The Invictus Games and Meghan's Together: Our Community Cookbook, have been removed from the Programmes section of the site. 

The site now lists Programmes in five different categories, including Conservation and and Mental Health, but it has removed Empowering Communities, which highlighted Meghan's work on female empowerment.  

It follows Harry and Meghan's decision to move out of Kensington Palace, where William and Kate are based, to set up home at Frogmore Cottage and establish their own own Sussex Royal charity foundation. 

The move will do little to help rumours of a fallout of the so-called 'fab four', believed to have stemmed from tension between the two Duchesses, as well as William and his younger brother.

Royal sources have denied the feud, saying the split was 'largely about preparing both couples for their future roles, which are obviously on divergent tracks'.

But a backlash over the Sussexes privacy demands and their jet-setting lifestyle have led to further claims that they are growing apart from the Cambridges.

Despite launching the foundation alongside his brother in 2009, the site has been updated to remove all mention of Prince Harry as a founder of the charity.  

The homepage of the site now reads: 'Driven by a desire to make a difference together, the Royal Foundation is a primary philantropic and charitable vehicle for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

'Our programmes support a broad and ambitious spectrum of activities, ideas, and resources together to understand issues, explore creative solutions and be a catalyst for long-term impact.'  

The foundation is now listed as focusing on five main areas: Conservation, Service, Young People, Early Years and Mental Health. 

When Meghan officially joined the charity after marrying Harry, the site was updated to include Women & Girls as one of its Programmes. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are posing for a picture: Despite Prince Harry co-founding the organisation in 2009, there are now just two profiles for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the site, with Prince William credited with 'founding' the charity

Despite Prince Harry co-founding the organisation in 2009, there are now just two profiles for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the site, with Prince William credited with 'founding' the charity
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The Programme title was later updated to Empowering Communities, and featured Meghan's work on Together: Our Community Cookbook, which she produced with Grenfell survivors.

It stated: 'We are looking at projects that have the ability to empower people, particularly women and young people, to overcome hardship; bring people together after conflict; and restore hope to a community after a crisis.'

However, 'Empowering Communities', has now been removed completely as a Programme.

Pictures showing the two brothers together have also been removed from the home page and replaced with images of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

The only way to see Harry and Meghan's former work is by looking through the site's  'News' tab, for articles that were uploaded while the couple were still part of the foundation. 

The site had previously proclaimed that 'when people come together they do great things' before saying that the foundation would 'unite people to tackle some of today's biggest challenges.'  

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan's joint venture was intended to harness the star power of the four high-profile royals.

They were dubbed the Fab Four after taking to the stage together at the first - and so far only - Royal Foundation forum in London in February 2018.

At the time, Harry said 'working as family does have its challenges', but insisted 'we're stuck together for the rest of our lives'.

However, after just 18 months, Harry and Meghan's split from the charity was formally announced in June 2019. 

A month later, their name was officially removed from the charity's title in documents filed to companies house, renaming it The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Royal expert Phil Dampier previously told MailOnline the split is a 'massive mistake', which makes it seem as if the couples are 'pitting against each other, both personally and professionally'. 

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