When it comes to the hardest working members of the royal family, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle come in dead last. A new report shows that Markle, who married into the family last May, only took part in 96 royal engagements last year — a number that pales in comparison to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.
Middleton actually did worse with only 87 events, but that was in large part due to her giving birth in 2018.
The events in the report include anything from a short visit to a speech or investiture.
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The Duchess of Sussex this morning visited The Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House, to join the residents and staff as they enjoyed a festive themed morning ? The Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. The Duchess attended this year’s Royal Variety Performance with The Duke in November. Proceeds raised from the event go directly towards supporting Brinsworth House. ?PA
The Duchess of Cambridge took maternity leave after welcoming her second son, Louis, last spring. According to Express, she resumed her royal duties in Sept., and she is expected to increase her number of engagements this year.
Pro-Republican groups in the UK have criticized Markle and Middleton for not working as hard as their elders. Some members of the anti-monarchy group even question Prince William’s desire to be king.
“It’s not work as the rest of us know it,” one pro-republican shared. “Their hours include watching sports matches and theatre. But the real question these figures raise is does William want to be king?”
William took part in 220 royal engagements in 2018. For comparison, Queen Elizabeth was involved in 283 events, despite her turning 92 years old.
But they still did not work as hard as Prince Charles, who carried out some 507 royal engagements. Charles, of course, is next in line to be King of England and is expected to have a large number of public appearances.
That said, Charles is not the hardest working member of the family. That title goes to Princess Anne, who appeared in 518 engagements in 2018.
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? Joining @PassageCharity service users for an arts and crafts workshop to prepare cards and gifts ahead of the centre’s Christmas party next week. The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis since its formation in 1980, and runs the largest Resource Centre for homeless people in the UK — today The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard from frontline workers about some of the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues.
Anne is Elizabeth’s only daughter and is heavily involved in charitable work around the world. In fact, Anne has worked with over 300 charitable organizations, including Carers Trust, a company that works with the disabled and ill.
Prince Edward, meanwhile, came in next at 463 engagements, followed by his wife, Sophie, with 239 appearances.
The royal family has not commented on Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s workload report.