- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have already begun hiring new staff to complete their household in the spring.
- The couple recently announced they would be splitting their staff from the Cambridges, amid rumours that the royal couples were feuding.
- Now reports claim the couple wanted entire “independence” from Buckingham Palace.
- According to The Times, their request was denied by the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently announced plans to appoint their own royal household in the spring.
A source told the newspaper: “They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no.’
“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.”
This comes after reports of disputes between the Sussexes and the Cambridges surfaced last year.
However, former Royal Butler Grant Harrold told INSIDER that the split is a “natural progression” that was bound to happen sooner or later.
He said: “The household was small before, as it was just Prince William and Prince Harry. But now they are running out of room.
“The Kensington Palace divide is not unusual. We’ve never lived in a time where the households have been this large, and we haven’t lived in a time where they haven’t been run by Buckingham Palace.
“William is the future king and so he would have to break away eventually. The royals are more popular than they have ever been, and there’s so much to it – that’s what it comes down to. This is what has to be done to make it work officially.”
Harrold also dispelled the idea that the Sussexs want to cut ties with the palace, saying the family have always been “close.”
He added: “When I worked there, the relationship between the family was very close, and I don’t think that has changed at all over the years. It’s just a natural progression.”
Harry and Meghan, who are expecting a baby in April, will begin work with their new staff in the spring.
The couple have already made progress in hiring new members of staff. Their new Head of Communications is Sarah Latham, who worked as Hillary Clinton’s Senior Campaign Advisor during her 2016 presidential election campaign.
She also worked with Bill Clinton at the White House in the late 1990s. She was Deputy Assistant to the president and Deputy Director of Scheduling from 1996 to 2000.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by INSIDER.
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