Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Officially Splitting Households from Prince William and Kate Middleton
- The Queen agreed to establish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's own royal household, separate from that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
- This means Harry and Meghan will have their own staff based in Buckingham Palace.
- The couple, who is expecting their first child this spring, is also set to move out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage before the baby arrives.
The Cambridges and Sussexes won't be living or working under the same roof for much longer. The Queen announced today that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be creating their own household this spring, a move supported by both the sovereign and the Prince of Wales (Harry's dad, Prince Charles). Currently, Harry and Meghan have been a part of Kensington Palace with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
News of the split means Harry and Meghan will have their own staff with offices based in Buckingham Palace (where Harry currently has his own private office).
The full team roster has not been announced yet, but royal correspondent Omid Scobie tweeted that Sara Latham, a former senior advisor on Hilary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, will serve as head of communications for the Sussexes and report directly to the Queen's Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe.
Although the news arrives months after rumors of tensions between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, the speculated feud is not necessarily the reason for Meghan and Harry's big move. Royal correspondent Rebecca English, of the Daily Mail, previously reported that the Duke of Sussex had wanted to relocate to "escape the goldfish bowl of royal life for the sake of his marriage and his unborn child."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expected to move to Frogmore Cottage, located in Windsor, before they welcome their first child together, who is reportedly due in late April.
The official statement reads:
The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following thier marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of the Queen and the Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.
The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting the Duchess since Their Royal Highness's [sic] engagement in November 2017. This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the Duke and Duchess' work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.
The Queen has given permission for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace. Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to the Queen's Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe. Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place.
Harry and Meghan’s household office will be based at Buckingham Palace and their staff will also form part of communications team there. Full @RoyalFamily statement below👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/gHiwqtExy9- Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 14, 2019