The Duchess of Cambridge is due to take over two patronages that Prince Harry gave up after his resignation from royal duties, The Sunday Times reported.
The Sunday Times reported that Kate Middleton would become the patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football League (RFL), with an official announcement to take place before the Rugby World Cup in October.
Harry was the royal patron for both organizations for five years, the publication added. This role involved drawing publicity to the organizations and representing them at official events on behalf of the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement in February that they would not return to the royal family after their one-year review period, so their royal patronages would be returned to the Queen and redistributed among other royals.
Some organizations decided to keep them as patrons after the announcement by removing the word “royal” from their title. Harry is still a patron of WellChild, while the Meghan Markle is still a patron of Smart Works and Mayhew.
The RFU also declined to comment, telling Insider that “any announcement on a Royal Patronage would come from the Royal Household.
Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William previously worked together before rumors of a rift
The Sunday Times report did not confirm whether Middleton had been in contact with Harry in regard to the patronage.
If the report is true, this won’t be the first time that the pair have worked on the same royal project. Harry previously worked with Prince William and Middleton on The Royal Foundation before he and Markle resigned in 2019 to start their own charity.
The resignation amplified rumors of a rift between the two couples. Harry appeared to confirm the rift on two occasions, saying in an ITV interview in 2019 and again during his interview with Oprah Winfrey in February that he and William were on “different paths.
Rumors of reconciliation between Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surfaced after they were photographed talking to each other after Prince Philip’s funeral in April.