Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, along with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex disclosed his decision to step back as ”senior members” of the British royal family on 8 January 2020. After their departure, the couple was given a twelve-month review period, in case the couple changed their minds; however, they did not. Hence, on 19 February 2021, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess would relinquish their royal patronages, as they were not returning as working members of the royal family.
On February 2, 2022, the first official announcement of Prince Harry’s patronages to be redistributed came and it was revealed that The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, will be taking over his royal duties. From now onwards, she will be stepping into her duty as a Royal Patron for the Rugby Football League and England Rugby.
This announcement was shared in a new Instagram post by the Duke and Duchess’s official account, where she revealed her newly appointed duties along with a 30-second video clip in which she seemed ready for the pitch.
In the clip, the Duchess was seen passing a rugby ball to different players ranging from a small girl to a bilateral amputee. In the whole video, she appeared confident and enthusiastic as she continued passing the ball from one player to another and at one point was even spotted amusingly spinning the ball on her finger.
In the caption, she wrote, “I am so thrilled to become Patron of the Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union – two fantastic organizations who are committed to harnessing the power that sport can have in bringing communities together and helping individuals flourish. I look forward to working with them across all levels of the games, and to cheering England on in what promises to be an exciting year for both sports!”
Kate became the party of the royal family in 2011 when she tied the knot with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on April 29, 2011. Prince William is second in the line of succession to the British throne, making Catherine a likely future queen consort.
The Duchess is known for her charity work that primarily focuses on issues surrounding young children, mental health, sport, addiction, and art. She is also an inclined sportswoman and attends Wimbledon annually, as a patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. In July 2019, she also lent her support to Backyard Nature, a campaign created to inspire “children, families, and communities to get outside and engage with nature”
With her enthusiasm about sports effortlessly known to all, everybody is sure that she will be amazing in her newly found duties.