The Royal Family is dedicated to supporting charities around the world. In fact, many of their overseas trips and UK visits are in support of the charities they have chosen to support. They take part in activities that raise funds for these charities, they work directly with the charities and with the people the charities are helping, and they give generously to support those charities financially.
This is perhaps one of the main reasons I hold the Royal Family in such high regard, especially the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were born into status. Their Royal Line can be traced back more than 1,000 years. They had every opportunity to think too highly of themselves and do nothing but live a self-indulgent life. However, that was not the choice they made. Instead, they chose to serve. As teenagers they worked with charities in the UK and in developing nations, whether it was sleeping on the streets to raise awareness about the plight of homeless youth or if it was working with troubled teenagers on camping expeditions in the developing world.
Then, when they were each old enough, they chose the ultimate path of public service. They volunteered to join the military. They laid their status aside, and chose to serve their Queen, country and fellow citizens. And these weren’t cushy office jobs, these were dangerous roles that had them in harm’s way on a regular basis.
And today, now joined by the Duchess of Cambridge, they are working hard to support good causes around the world, supporting the military, young people and conservation issues, through the vehicle of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The work of the foundation is ongoing, seen mostly today in the UK, Africa and the US. Prince Harry spent the majority of his recent US trip raising funds for the Foundation and actively supporting the charities. He took part in the Warrior Games, attended fundraising events and even played polo in support of Sentebale, a charity that works in Africa to help bring children out of poverty.
This is an example worth emulating. If you look at the Royals and ever think you’d love to experience what they experience, or understand what it is to live their lives, start with this. Start by volunteering. Start by raising funds for the charities in your area. Choose to serve. Choose to use your life and your efforts for the betterment of others.
If you’d like to donate to the work of the Royal Foundation, you can mail your donations in the UK to: The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, St. James’s Palace, London, SW1A 1BS. And in the US to: American Friends of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, 845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022.
You can also find out the latest on the work of the Foundation at www.royalfoundation.com.