The Royals may be parting ways when it comes to their home “court.”
According to the UK’s Sunday Times, now that Prince Harry is happily married with a baby on the way, it seems to be the perfect time for the royal siblings to step apart and form two separate offices. The families currently have one joint household based out of Kensington Palace under which they represent the interests of the Queen.
“The brothers have leaned on each other and looked after each other since their mother Princess Diana died over 21 years ago. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before,” an insider tells the Times.
The split would make two separate royal courts: one for Prince William, 36, and Kate Middleton, 36, as he prepares to eventually become King, and one for Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 37. The split would allow each couple to forge their own path and reflect their different responsibilities and interests, including charitable work. Markle previously stated that she wished to “hit the ground running” when it comes to supporting women’s issues and demonstrated that desire in delivering a powerful speech on the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand while on tour with Prince Harry. The split will allow each couple to shift their priorities when it comes to different activities.
“When William becomes the Prince of Wales, he will take on a lot of extra responsibility, including the Duchy of Cornwall and all that entails. Harry and Meghan have none of that and seem ambitious about forging their own paths. They have become different people with different outlooks on life. Splitting the household is the obvious thing to do,” the source says. Part of William’s upcoming duties will include taking on the title of the Prince Of Wales when his father, Prince Charles, inevitably takes the throne.
The rumoured split is likely to take place next year after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their first child. The newlywed couple is expected to move out of their two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage on the Kensington Palace grounds and into a new royal residence or into Kensington Palace where William and Kate reside.
Despite the separation of the Royal Fab Four, the foursome is likely to keep their joint Royal Foundation intact under which their charitable endeavours are run, including their groundbreaking mental health campaign.