Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Allegedly Pushed the Queen’s Buttons With This Request

Last week, Buckingham Palace confirmed the rumored split between Prince William and Prince Harry’s royal courts. Since October 2018, royal experts and fans alike have suspected a separation between the royal brothers, ahead of Meghan Markle’s due date this spring. That said, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t get the deal they were hoping for.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked for independence from the royal family

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle
Queen Elizabeth denied Prince Harry and Meghan Markle royal freedom.| Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Throughout their discussions with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and other royals involved in the split, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allegedly proposed total independence from the royal family. “They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no,’” a source dished to The Sunday Times. “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.”

Additionally, the source added that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex proposed “total royal freedom,” but the queen denied their wishes. After cutting ties with Kensington Palace (and Prince William and Kate Middleton), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will base their household out of Buckingham Palace. They will likely also have staff in their full-time home, Frogmore Cottage, as that’s where they plan to spend most of their time.

Prince William and Prince Harry’s Kensington Palace split

An official split between Prince William and Prince Harry doesn’t necessarily mean the royal brothers are feuding. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. With their current and future roles in the royal family, the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex’s responsibilities have grown apart from each other, which is why an official royal split makes sense.

Prince William is entering a new phase of his royal life and needs to spend as much time as possible learning from the queen and his father, Prince Charles. Contrarily, Prince Harry has turned much of his royal duties to philanthropy and he and Meghan Markle plan to focus their efforts there.

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle move to Buckingham Palace?

Moving their office and headquarters to Buckingham Palace doesn’t mean the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have to move as well. They will continue on with plans to make Frogmore Cottage their main place of residence but likely settle into Buckingham Palace as a part-time abode whenever they are in town for royal engagements, meetings, and other official business.

That said, renovations on Buckingham Palace’s East Wing — where royal family members live — start this April and many residents have already (or are planning to) moved out temporarily. The renovation comes at a perfect time, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to take time off for maternity and paternity leave. If the East Wing is not ready by the time they are due back in London, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might join Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and other Buckingham Palace inhabitants down the road at St. James’s Palace for the time being.


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