The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, turned to Prince Philip for advice on the decision to split his household from his brother Prince Harry's, reports said.
It is reported that William rang up his 97-year-old grandfather at Sandringham many weeks ago as he values his "wise counsel." The Duke of Cambridge was well aware that the splitting of the two households was inevitable, but was concerned about how it would appear and also wanted assurance that his brother and his wife Meghan Markle would be well supported by Buckingham Palace.
On Thursday night, it was reported that Harry and Meghan will be keeping a separate household from William and Kate.
As reported by DailyMail, William believes that no one knows the set-up and structure at the palace better than his grandfather, and who he trusts for an unbiased opinion. The exact contents of the call are currently unknown.
According to the separation plan that would be established by spring, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be shifting their staff and offices in order to be with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. They will be separating from Kensington Palace where William and Kate reside and work.
Harry and Meghan have also been assigned their own taxpayer-funded PR giant, former Clinton adviser Sara Latham. As for the rest of their household, it will be funded by the Queen and Prince Charles in private. Palace aides have had their work cut out as they rush about to curb rumors which suggest that the split is a result of a feud between the two brothers and their wives.
The aides claim that the change was inevitable because of William's future role as Prince of Wales and eventually King. The Queen, as well as Charles, had advised the brothers that the sooner the shift is made, the better. "It’s about placing the two dukes on a permanent footing that ensures changes aren’t needed again [when Charles accedes to the throne and William becomes Prince of Wales]," a source revealed.
William and Kate have made it clear that they will remain at Kensington Palace and not follow in Charles' footsteps by moving into Clarence House. Meghan and Harry have revealed that they see their new home at Windsor residence as their "forever home."