It’s official, our favorite foursome is splitting up — only, it’s not as dramatic as it might seem. In the midst of on-going feud rumors, Buckingham Palace confirmed the official split between Prince William and Prince Harry’s royal courts last week. Now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle must part ways with Kensington Palace for good.
Prince William and Prince Harry’s Kensington Palace split
Since October 2018, speculations surrounding a royal split have caused quite a frenzy. And, now, with confirmation from the royal family, Prince William and Prince Harry have made their final decision. According to reports, the royal brothers plan to separate their courts as Prince William prepares for his future responsibilities in the royal family.
Although we hate to believe it, Prince William and Prince Harry’s split was inevitable. The two have very different roles in the royal family and it doesn’t make sense for them to share a royal court. Instead, they will forge their own royal courts with duties more in line with their current (and future) royal duties.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal court will continue to focus on specific royal responsibilities as they prepare to become the Prince and Princess of Wales (and, one day, King and Queen Consort). Similarly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal court will continue to focus on their philanthropy efforts.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex originally wanted to separate their court completely from the royal family. However, Queen Elizabeth vetoed their request and insisted they cut ties with Kensington Palace and operate out of Buckingham Palace going forward.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to make Buckingham Palace their London home
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new Windsor residence, Frogmore Cottage will be their full-time family home. However, they’ll need a place to stay when working in London.
Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle no longer call Kensington Palace home base, they must part ways with their beloved Nottingham Cottage (where the couple has lived together since their engagement). According to reports, they will instead move their London residence to Buckingham Palace with other part-time city residents, including Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
That said, Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a massive renovation, which has required some royal residents to move out of their part-time pad. Prince Edwards and Sophie, Countess of Wessex plan to live nearby at St. James’s Palace for the time being. Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and other royals impacted by the renovation must also move out.
The renovations on Buckingham Palace’s East Wing begin in April 2019, which means that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle probably won’t move into the abode any time soon. However, their staff might still operate out of the royal family headquarters, accompanying the 120 staff members in the palace’s West Attic (known as The Footman’s Floor) which was recently updated to an open-plan office space.
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