Kate Middleton to ‘imminently take on’ prestigious royal role from Prince Harry

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Kate Middleton could reportedly take on a prestigious role from Prince Harry a year after the Sussexes confirmed they wouldn't return as working royal.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is tipped to become the new royal patron of Rugby Football Union alongside the many other patronages she holds for charities and military organisations as a senior member of The Firm (opens in new tab). The prestigious role once belonged to her brother-in-law Prince Harry, who succeeded the Queen as Royal Patron in 2016. The rugby-loving royal was previously Vice Patron of the RFU, but sadly despite his love of the sport, this was one of several roles that he lost last year.

According to the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), sources have claimed that Kate is now due to be announced as the sporting organisation’s new patron “imminently”. If this does turn out to be the case, then it’s understood that this would be the first reassignment of Harry’s former patronages.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge plays rugby with young French rugby fans

When Harry and Meghan “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior royals in 2020, fans no doubt hoped they’d return to royal life. Instead, they later informed the Queen that they wouldn’t be resuming their royal duties and would be permanently making a life for themselves in their new LA home. (opens in new tab)

Buckingham Palace confirmed they’d quit (opens in new tab) the Royal Family in a statement which also explained that it’s “not possible” for them to continue with their former patronages and associations. 

‘Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,’ it declared. 

‘The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family."

Prince Harry arrives with RFU Corporate manager Ben Calveley for a visit to an England Rugby squad training session


Since then rumors have arisen over just which of Harry’s relatives could take over his roles. Back in August 2021, reports even suggested that Kate would take on his patronages (opens in new tab) for the Rugby Football Union and Rugby Football League. Whilst Princess Anne was tipped (opens in new tab) to become Captain General Royal Marines in his stead. 

Neither appointment has been confirmed, however the recent rumors of Kate’s potential new role come ahead of the Six Nations Championship. Kicking off on 5th February, England will face the Welsh national team, with Prince William royal patron of Welsh Rugby Union. 

If Kate is announced “imminently” as RFU patron, husband and wife will be supporting competing sides. And with the pressure on to find a new figurehead for English rugby, it would certainly be exciting if Kate Middleton takes on this prestigious role from Prince Harry!