Harry and Meghan fire all UK staff and shut Buckingham Palace office in surest sign they will NEVER come back
According to a source, the laid-off staff members are now looking for redundancy packages. The latest move might affirm The Sussex's permanent disinterest to return to the royal household
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have axed all 15 of their UK staff members and are also reportedly closing their Buckingham Palace office.
This is one of the surest signs that the couple and their baby son, Archie, have no intention of ever returning to the UK to live. The Duke and Duchess broke the news to their team in person in January post their announcement that they were stepping back from being senior working members of the royal family.
While an exceptional one or two may be taken back into the royal household, but most of the employees, now are negotiating on redundancy packages. The employees are the latest casualties of Harry and Meghan's shocking decision to move to North America and be financially independent.
Last night, Buckingham Palace in a statement shared that it cannot comment on staffing matters but it is understood that other senior royals like The Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William are aware of the closure of the office as well as the redundancies. As reported by Daily Mail, a source shared, "Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed."
"While the details are still being finalized and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately, there will be some redundancies," the source added. Amongst those who could lose their jobs are the Duke and Duchess' newly appointed private secretary Fiona Mcilwham and their communications chief Sara Latham.
Harry's program co-ordinator Clara Loughran who had been highly regarded by the prince, so much so that she was asked to hand Meghan her bouquet in church on her wedding day, will also be laid off. Deputy Assistant communications secretary Marnie Gaffney shall lose her job as well. She had played a major role in supporting Harry on his military work and had organized his and Meghan's super successful tours to Australia and Africa.
The Queen had made her a member of the Royal Victorian Order because of her devoted service. A source shared, "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."