Harry And Meghan Choose Close Friend As Sussex Royal Charity TrusteeOctober 16, 2019
On Tuesday, it has been revealed that broadcaster Kirsty Young has become a director of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Sussex Royal foundation.
Earlier this year, following their split from their joint venture The Royal Foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Harry and Meghan are in the process of establishing their own charitable foundation.
Kirsty, who has been president of the children’s charity UNICEF UK since 2016, grew close to Harry and Meghan through husband and Soho House founder Nick Jones. In 2018 Jones attended the couple’s Windsor wedding with one of his daughters, while Young fronted coverage of the event for the BBC.
In 2018, Young stepped down as host of Desert Island Discs when she received treatment for a form of fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain and tenderness across the body.
BBC in July release statement and Kirsty said: “After 12 incredibly happy and fulfilling years on Desert Island Discs I’ve decided to step down permanently. Having been forced to take some months away from my favourite job because of health problems, I’m happy to say I’m now well on the way to feeling much better. But that enforced absence from the show has altered my perspective on what I should do next and so I’ve decided it’s time to pursue new challenges.”
The Sussex Royal foundation was officially founded on July 1, after Prince Harry and Meghan split from The Royal Foundation, now formally known as The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Royal Foundation was set up in September 2009 by William and Harry to take forward their charitable ambitions.
She is the first person the couple approached to be part of Sussex Royal. “Her impressive role at UNICEF was one of the first things they mentioned when they wanted to bring her on board,” according to a source.
Also joining Sussex Royal are Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor, Steven Cooper and Karen Blackett, who have all been appointed as trustees.