It looks like Harry and Meghan’s transition period might not end up involving the newly-renovated Frogmore Cottage, despite the pair saying they were keen to keep the home as their UK base.
Speculation around where the couple will settle permanently has been rife since they announced their shock step down earlier this month.
In their announcement, they specifically mentioned their desire to raise Archie in both the UK and North America though it has not been clarified where they will begin living in the immediate future.
Now The Daily Mail reports staff at Frogmore Cottage have been let go in an announcement described as a ‘shock’.
A source quoted by the publication said the ‘skeleton staff’, including two permanent employees kept on at Frogmore in the couple’s absence, had been moved to other duties, while other staff have also been relocated.
“This has all come as a bit of shock. They took great pride in working for them and being at Frogmore,” the Buckingham Palace source said.
Contradicting Harry and Meghan
The shocking development fuels increasing suspicion the royals will mainly live abroad going forward and flies in the face of the couple’s explicitly stated desire to hang on to the cottage.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom,” the couple’s website reads.
It comes after the Queen was left in the dark about the couple’s decision to announce their desire to ‘step down’ as senior royals, and released a short statement rebuking the couple’s assertion that the Palace was on board.
“Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” the statement began.
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
The family has since met for an emergency meeting, and a more detailed statement was released by the Palace confirming the changes.
Still being thrashed out are details on the couple’s access to funding and titles going forward.
The controversy over Prince Andrew’s security details indicated the pair may not continue to have access to police security.
Meghan shocked royal watchers when she returned to Canada after returning to the UK for just three days, during which time the announcement was unexpectedly dropped on the royal family and the public almost simultaneously.
While Harry has remained in the UK appearing for the first, and rumoured last, time in his royal capacity this morning, it seems it will be him returning to his wife and son rather than vice versa.
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