They're going their separate ways
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will officially split from Kate Middleton and Prince William to start their own royal household.
Reports that the Sussexes and the Cambridges would go their separate ways first began last year, and now the Queen has agreed that a new household will be created for Meghan and Harry, but the new office of communications staff and courtiers at Buckingham Palace – which includes hiring new private secretaries – won’t be immediate.
The new set-up will be established in the spring, with a senior aide telling Harpers BAZAAR: ‘This isn’t immediate. It will be a step-by-step process.’
A statement from Kensington Palace said: ‘The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their 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’ engagement in November 2017.
‘This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.’
It comes days after it was announced that Meghan’s assistant personal secretary, Amy Pickerell, has resigned.
At the time, a Kensington Palace source told BAZAAR: ‘Amy is leaving after the arrival of the baby. The Duchess will be very sad to see her go, but is excited for her as Amy has exciting plans ahead including spending some time abroad.
‘They will definitely stay in touch and Amy will be on hand for any advice and help that is needed in the future.’