Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been quietly paving a new life for themselves in North America, with the couple secretly visiting Miami and Stanford University in California to do events meant to help them shape their new professional roles. They also sent a clear message about their future as working royal family members in England: People confirms that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have laid off their 15-member London staff. Their Buckingham Palace office days really are over.
The Daily Mail reports that Meghan and Harry told the team in person last month. It's possible some staff may be hired back into the royal household in different roles, the outlet added.
Meghan and Harry announced their choice to step back from their senior royal family roles on January 8. They wrote:
After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honor our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.
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