Did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Try to Form Their Own Royal Court?

Since their wedding in May 2018 —Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been intent on carving out their own space for themselves amid the massive shadow of the British Royal Family. Though the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stuck to many of the royal family traditions –they’ve also been known for doing things their own way. Markle and Prince Harry aren’t as formal as the rest of the family with their PDA and relaxed attitudes. They are intent on ushering the royal family toward a more modern era and separating themselves from Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton.

Did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ask to form their own royal court?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially split their household from Kate Middleton and Prince William –but they wanted to take things a step further. An insider told the Sunday Times,

They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told no. There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it’s good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can’t just go off and do their own thing.

Apparently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to further a global “Sussex brand.” They wanted to stand apart from Buckingham Palace to pursue their humanitarian and philanthropic efforts on their own accord. However, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles shot them down.

Why did Prince Harry and Prince William split their royal households?

The split between Prince Harry and Prince William’s royal households has been a long time coming, and it has nothing to do with Meghan Markle’s entry into the royal family. A royal insider explained to People,

They have always been different, they are very different characters. They drew great comfort from each other when their mother died, and as they’ve grown up together. But they need to be separate. Now Meghan has arrived it is the right time to make that break. The time has come. They are in their 30s and can’t be treated as young, unmarried men any more. Now, they are spreading their wings. William more than Harry as he has his three children—but Harry is now starting his own—and it is time to move on.


What can we expect from the Sussexes royal household?

The Cambridge clan is on a pretty narrow trajectory. Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are preparing for the time when Prince William becomes King of England –followed by Prince George ascending to the throne. The Sussexes have a bit more flexibility. With the split households they will have a full-time staff and though they will work together with the Royal Foundation they will also have their own sperate foundations, charities, and goals.

Royals author Robert Lacey told People, “In this generation, there are only two of them, and it makes sense for them to go their separate ways and create separate identities. Looking to the future, their children will proliferate around those two centers.”

As a source close to the royal family explained, “Harry and Meghan are intent on doing things their own way. One way or the other, they will get what they want.”

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