Harry and Meghan 'axe all UK staff and close Buckingham Palace office'

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Just weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family, it’s now been revealed the couple have slashed their UK staff force. 

According to the Daily Mail, 15 of the Sussexes workers are now seeking redundancy payment, after the royal duo’s Buckingham Palace office was closed down. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reported axed all of their UK staff. Photo: Getty Images

“Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed, a source told the publication. 

“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.”

The news comes after it was reported that the Queen has ordered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to come back to London for the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.

If Meghan and Harry do return, it’ll likely be one of their last official royal engagements before stepping back to become ‘financially independent’. 

Staff at the Sussexes Buckingham Palace office are now seeking redundancy, it's been claimed. Photo: Getty Images
The Queen has also reportedly asked Harry and Meghan to return from Canada to the UK next month. Photo: Getty Images

Last month, royal fans were left stunned when the royal couple, who married in May 2018, decided to quit the royal family and move to Canada. 

Harry and Meghan step back 

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issued by the palace, referring to the couple's baby son.

"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life."

The queen said she was "particularly proud" of how quickly Meghan had become one of the family. 

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