Kate Middleton’s Chelsea Flower Show design up against Meghan Markle’s
War of the roses! How Kate’s Chelsea Flower Show design is at risk of being overshadowed by a ‘vibrant’ eco-garden created by a charity backed by Meghan
- The Duchess of Cambridge has co-designed a family-friendly woodland space
- Charity Camfed, backed by Harry and Meghan, will also have garden on display
- Camfed said they were told not to use image of Harry to promote African garden
- Both of the designs will be on display at the Chelsea flower show from 21-25 May
The Duchess of Cambridge’s much-lauded design for the Chelsea Flower Show is at risk of being overshadowed by a garden submitted by a charity endorsed by her sister-in-law.
Meghan-backed Camfed is set to display rival garden, inspired by climate change designed to bring ‘rural Africa to central London’ at this year’s show, which is scheduled for 21-25 May.
The organisation, which supports the education of girls, is supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with Meghan meeting with the charity’s Africa director on International Women’s Day earlier this month.
However to try and stop Kate’s woodland space from being eclipsed by the vibrant African design, Camfed were reportedly asked not to use a picture of Harry surrounded by Zimbabwean girls to promote its garden, reports the Sunday Times.
Kate’s garden design for the Chelsea flower show, pictured, features a tree house and stream and is supposed to be a space where families and communities can connect with nature
Meghan and Harry backed charity Camfed’s design, pictured, will highlight the importance of horticulture as a source of food and income in Zimbabwe
A source from the charity told the paper: ‘It’s because the Duchess of Cambridge is co-designing a garden… The palace is worried about mixed messaging.’
However Kensington Palace have denied this, saying the decision about the picture was made by administrators as the Duke of Sussex had ‘no official interaction with designing the Chelsea garden’, although he is ‘incredibly supportive’ of the charity.
The two garden designs set to be built for the Chelsea show are strikingly different.
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Kate’s garden design – called the RHS Back To Nature Garden – is set in a woodland and hopes to be a space where families and communities can connect with nature.
There will be a stream and tree house complete with a swing seat, so that children can play while visiting the garden.
The Duchess of Cambridge designed the area with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.
A Camfed source claimed they have been asked by Kensington Palace not to use an image, pictured, of Harry with some of the girls it has helped when promoting the garden
The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured with Prince William at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, designed her garden with two landscape architects
Meghan, pictured leaving the Commonwealth Service last week, is a supporter of Camfed and met with its Africa director earlier this month for International Women’s Day
When plans for the garden design were released Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: ‘There are many sensory elements to help children to learn.
‘Active play in the fresh air is also important for a child’s development and getting back to nature has been shown to be good for developing creativity, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.’
On the other hand, the ‘vibrant and bold’ Camfed eco-garden, designed by Jilayne Rickards, will use plants with edible fruit, flowers, leaves or roots, to show the importance of horticulture as a source of food and income in Zimbabwe.
Ms Rickards was inspired to create the space by the people she met during a trip to Zimbabwe and in particular a woman called Beauty.
The Duchess of Sussex, centre, took part in a discussion panel with Camfed’s Regional Director Zimbabwe’s Angeline Murimirwa, right, to mark International Women’s Day earlier this month
The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies, right, and Adam White, left, of Davies White Landscape Architect, discussing plans for her Back To Nature garden
The charity’s website explains how Beauty runs her own farming business after using educational and training opportunities opened up to her by Camfed.
The Sunday Times reports that after Meghan appeared with the charity’s Africa director Murimirwa on International Women’s Day visits to their website doubled.
After the May show, Camfed’s garden will move to the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Kate is also set to design two more RHS Gardens with a landscape artictect for displays at RHS Hampton Court and RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey later this year.
The two royal couples have faced rumours of a rift in recent months with news being announced earlier this week that their households will split.
The Queen has agreed to the creation of a Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and given permission for it to be based at Buckingham Palace.
The garden aims to get people back to nature and highlight the benefits of the natural world on physical and mental wellbeing. Kate is pictured with the landscapers discussing plans
As part of the shake-up, Harry and Meghan have named PR guru Sara Latham – who has worked for Bill and Hillary Clinton – as their new head of communications.
The new Household is likely to be created following the birth of the couple’s first child, expected in April.
However the royal couple’s will still work together and make joint appearances.
Last week Meghan and Kate had two engagements together at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Just days before this they attended a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles’ investiture as Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
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