Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Close Buckingham Palace Office & Fire Royal Staff
The fallout from Megxit continues. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially closed their Buckingham Palace office and fired the 15 staff members who worked for them. According to The Daily Mail , this is the “surest sign yet” that Harry, Meghan, and their son Archie Harrison will never live in the UK again.
The outlet reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told their staff in person that they were being let go after they announced to the world via Instagram in early January that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
One or two staff members might be assigned to other jobs in the royal household, but it appears that the majority of them are “negotiating redundancy packages.”
“Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed,” explained an insider. “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.”
Harry and Meghan’s newly-appointed private secretary, Fiona Mcilwham, and their communications chief Sara Latham are expected to receive other positions with the royal family. However, Clara Loughran - who was Prince Harry’s longtime program coordinator - has been fired. This comes as a bit of a surprise because Loughran was so important to Prince Harry that she handed Meghan her bouquet on their wedding day.
Assistant communications secretary Marnie Gaffney also got the axe, but she was also offered another role at Buckingham Palace. However, she opted for the redundancy package after working for the royal household for a decade.
Assistant communications secretary Julie Burley and social media expert David Watkins have also lost their jobs. One source claims that Megxit was “a complete shock” to the staff, but most understand and respect their decision.
“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,” said the source.
“I don't think it will comes as surprise to anyone that these have been incredibly trying circumstances for their team, who have experienced some very difficult times of late,” adds another insider. “They are all good people, very loyal and brilliant at their jobs, and everyone feels incredibly sorry for them.”
Prince Harry’s last engagement as the Captain-General of the Royal Marines will be at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall on March 7th. Harry and Meghan are also expected to attend the Commonwealth Day service on March 9th.