Prince William and Prince Harry have been vocal supporters of mental health awareness with their Heads Together initiative, along with the Duchess of Cambridge.
However, with the news of Prince Philip’s retirement from public duties later this fall, it has been reported that The Queen has told Prince William and Prince Harry to focus more on state business and less on their campaign work.
“As successful as that campaign was, it might be that soul-baring isn’t what Buckingham Palace is looking for,” a “royal insider” told the Sunday Times.
“The direct impact [of Prince Philip’s retirement] will be that the Cambridges will be expected to step up and undertake more state business and do less of their campaign work.”
The Heads Together initiative was the charity partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon this year. In the lead up to the marathon, the royal brothers were active on podcasts discussing mental health and chatting with celebrities, like Lady Gaga, about awareness.
The trio released a video where the brothers revealed the depths of their grief in the 20 years following their mother’s death.
“With a little bit of experience, you want to help as much as you can and try and empower them to have that conversation, to be brave enough for themselves to talk about it at a young age rather than bottling it up for far too long,” Prince Harry said in the video.
Following Prince Philip’s announcement, the Palace revealed that “Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced in January that they would move back to London in the fall and make Kensington Palace their base as they increase their workload. Prince George and Princess Charlotte will begin school and kindergarten later this year.
Prince Harry is also expected to increase his workload as the Royal Family begins to fill Prince Philip’s shoes.