The new royal role and title (which lasts for 12 months) means that Prince William will act as the British monarch’s representative to the Church of Scotland, carrying out ceremonial duties and visits as needed. "The Lord High Commissioner's role is to maintain the relationship between the State and the Church," the royal family's official website explains.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch a flypast of Spitfire & Hurricane aircraft from the balcony of Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain on July 10, 2015 in London, England.
News later emerged that the brothers had also spent time, alongside their wives, repairing a longstanding rift before Harry and Meghan began their new private lives in Canada. “William and Harry have spent time together privately away from the official Sandringham Summit working on their relationship and discussing their future,” a source previously told The Sun. “It has been ground-breaking in terms of saving their bond as brothers and has been totally driven by them.
While the couple haven't made any official statements about Harry and Meghan's move, Prince William reportedly told a friend that he was upset about how the situation played out. "I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives, and I can’t do that anymore….
Just last week, Queen Elizabeth announced that the family had reached an agreement about the pair's future, explaining that Harry and Meghan would no longer receive public funding, that Harry would forfeit his military appointments, and that neither Harry nor Meghan would use "HRH" titles.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been continuing on with their royal duties amidst the news, hosting a reception on the queen's behalf at Buckingham Palace last week.
The appointment comes of the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell decision to step away from royal duties.
On Saturday, Kensington Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth had named her Prince William as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The Duke of Cambridge has a new title to add to his list. https://t.co/vyvevL2KAO— Glamour (@glamourmag) January 26, 2020