The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with a special guest at Kensington Palace this week.
On Tuesday night, the couple welcomed Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to their London home. The meeting was not publicly announced beforehand. However, it was later recorded in the Court Circular – the daily record of engagements carried out by the royal family.
William and Kate hosted the billionaire, who is co-chairman and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in their role as patrons of their Royal Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. It has been estimated that Mr Gates has given away approximately $35.8 billion to charity.
This meeting comes after Harry and Meghan’s names were stricken from the Royal Foundation website. William and Kate are now the main principals of the Royal Foundation, following the departure of Harry and Meghan in their roles as founder patrons.
Harry and Meghan’s previous work is still listed under the “News” section. However, their personal projects such as the Invictus Games and Meghan’s female empowerment-based Empowering Communities, have now been dropped from the site.
The Royal Foundation now lists five main areas of focus: mental health, conservation, service, young people and early years, Kate’s initiative to focus on the critical first years of a child’s development.
Despite the split, William, Kate, Harry and Meghan have not ruled out working together. Just this week, they have reunited to voice a PSA video for mental health titled “Every Mind Matters”.
Every Mind Matters is an initiative that has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS to encourage people to become more aware of the early symptoms of mental health issues.
The short film aired at around 8.45 pm on Monday night across ITV, Channel 4 and Sky channels. And within minutes the Every Mind Matters website was down for a short period of time, believed to be due to a surge in traffic.