London - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are to split their charitable works from his brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Kensington Palace announced Thursday.
The move is seen as the final step in the division of the couples' public duties and follows reports over the past year of a rift -- first between Kate and Meghan, and then between William and his younger brother.
The four-way Royal Foundation charitable venture was intended to harness the star power of the two couples, but it lasted just 16 months after their first appearance as a quartet.
Besides splitting their charitable work, the two couples -- very much seen as the future of the royal family -- have also physically drifted apart.
They both used to live in close proximity at Kensington Palace in London.