Royal Split: What Does Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Splitting the Royal Household Mean?

Changes are coming for the royal household.

On Thursday, it was announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would be splitting from Prince William and Kate Middleton. The act would break up the family’s joint court and create two different offices.

While William and Kate will remain in Kensington Palace, Meghan and Harry will be moving their office to Buckingham Palace with the Queen.

According to sources close to the royal family, now is the perfect time for the split to occur.

“They have always been different, they are very different characters,” the source told People of the royal brothers. “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.”

And while headlines of the split have caused an uproar, the seperation itself is a pretty natural line of progression.

What does the royal split mean?

This split simply means that Prince William and Harry will have seperate offices and can focus on issues that interest them each individually.

When the men were single, sharing an office was no problem. But, now that they are both married and have a significantly larger amount of public engagements, it makes more sense for them to do them seperately.

“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” royals author Sally Bedell Smith told People. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities.”

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Now that the houses of Sussex and Cambridge are separated, Sarah Latham will begin leading communications for Harry and Meghan. Latham was formerly the campaign adviser for Hillary Clinton. The staff that worked for the Sussexes previously will stay at Kensington Palace and work under the Cambridges.

According to PEOPLE, Jason Knauf has been named Senior Adviser to the Cambridge house and Christian Jones has been named the Communications Secretary.

A source close to the family told royal reporter Omid Scobie that both families will continue to be patrongs for the Royal Foundation.

The split will not be a quick endeavor as Meghan and Harry will need to hire a full staff.

“It will be a step-by-step process,” the source said.

The new household will be funded primarily by the Queen and Prince Charles. The Queen has historically used her own money to fund the offices of members of her family.

During this time, Meghan and Harry will move out of their two-bedroom home in Nottingham Cottage and into Frogmore Cottage.

According to royals experts, this split could actually be a good thing for the future of the family.

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

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