The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to close their Buckingham Palace office as they prepare for life across the Atlantic in Canada. It is understood Meghan, 38 and Harry, 35, informed members of staff in January shortly after it was confirmed they would step back from their senior roles within the royal family. It is thought the royal couple have worked to seek new roles for the members of staff, however it is believed not everyone will be granted a new job.
The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are understood to be aware of the major shake-up to the office.
A royal source told the Daily Mail: “Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed.
“While the details are still being finalised and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies.”
Fiona Mcilwham, the couple’s newly appointed private secretary, and communications chief Sara Latham are understood to be among those to have lost their job.
Prince Harry’s programme co-ordinator Clara Loughran and assistant communications secretary Marnie Gaffney are also thought to have been let go by the royals.
Julie Burley, who worked in the press office and has been an influential figure in the couple’s Heads Together mental health campaign, is another key figure who is thought to have departed.
Whilst Meghan and Harry bombshell news that they will quit their frontline royal duties and drop their HRH titles came as a shock, it is understood their royal staff were less surprised by this decision.
The royal insider added the team are “very loyal” and “respect the decision” made by the Duke and Duchess.
The source said: “The Duke and Duchess have a small team, less than 15 people.
“The team are very loyal to the Sussexes and understand and respect the decision they have taken.
“They are all close and supporting each other. The team are busy helping to set their Royal Highnesses up for the future and working on a series of final engagements.”
This is a developing news story, more to follow.