Princes William and Harry's royal household split explained

2019-03-15 11:25
 
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Cape Town – Major changes in the British royal family are currently taking place but fear not, the queen has everything under control.

In October 2018, Sunday Times UK reported that royal brothers William and Harry were "considering a formal division of their joint royal household, which is based at Kensington Palace."

Weeks later it was announced that Harry and his wife, Meghan would be moving to Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor. This makes sense because Harry and Meghan are starting a family of their own with Meghan due to give birth in April.

In February, it was reported that the royal household split would be happening sooner that originally expected with a source confirming E! News the separation will happen before the birth of the royal baby.

Now, Queen Elizabeth has confirmed the separation, as well as given her support to the change.

Palace officials released a statement, obtained by Channel24, on behalf of the queen on Thursday, providing details of what will happen, when it will happen and why it is happening.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN

"The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year…

"The Queen has given permission for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace. Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to the Queen's Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe. Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place."

WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN

"The Household, which will be created with the support of the Queen and the Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring."

WHY IT IS HAPPENING

"The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting the Duchess since Their Royal Highnesses engagement in November 2017.

"This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for the Duke and Duchess' work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage."

MORE DETAILS INCLUDING NEW HIRES

According to The Telegraph, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have employed a new press secretary: Sara Latham - a former senior adviser to Bill Clinton and Tony Blair's government who worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as advised Barack Obama.

A tweet by ITV News royal editor Chris Ship provides more details about the hire.

SEE THE TWEET HERE:

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appointed Jason Knauf as their senior adviser. According to Knauf's LinkedIn profile, he previously held the position of communications secretary to William, Kate and Prince Harry. 

The position has since been filled by Christian Jones. 

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