PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle’s decision to axe their dedicated team of UK staff sent shock waves through the Palace. This is the challenge the couple could face without any aides in Britain
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, have made their wish to live outside the royal family crystal clear. The couple hope to achieve a more independent and peaceful life for themselves and baby Archie in Canada following their step down as senior royals. While they no longer need a Buckingham Palace office, their decision to let go of their 15-strong team of UK staff has surprised some.
Meghan and Harry will cease to be working members of the Royal Family from April.
They hope to keep up their royal patronages despite will no longer representing the Crown nor receiving money from the Sovereign Grant.
One royal commentator has claimed maintaining their UK ties may prove difficult without a dedicated team in place.
The couple have hired US-based celebrity PR firm Sunshine Sachs to help them in the future but having a British team may be indispensable if they are to continue with projects this side of the pond.
Prince Harry struggle: The challenge Meghan Markle & Harry may face after ditching UK team (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry struggle: The couple have let go of their British staff (Image: GETTY)
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “When Meghan and Harry step down as senior and as working members of the royal family and cease to use their royal titles, they will still be keeping their patronages and they will need assistance to manage this if they are to give them the attention they deserve.
“It is unclear how this will be handled.
“Harry will reportedly keep Travelyst, a global initiative for sustainable tourism, in London.”
Mr Fitzwilliams called their decision to close their UK office “extraordinary” despite the support they will get from their US aides.
Prince Harry struggle: They will cease to be working royals from spring (Image: GETTY)
He said: “They have, of course, the use of the top US PR firm Sunshine Sachs.
“The closing of their office in Buckingham Palace, however, is quite extraordinary, considering it will be less than two years after their marriage that their royal life, which once had unique promise, has effectively ended.”
According to Mr Fitzwilliams, the move suggests they are “cutting ties” with Britain.
He said: “Harry and Meghan sacking their staff and closing their Buckingham Palace office is a cutting of ties with Britain.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “The move also symbolically emphasises their independence in finding a new life abroad.”
Meghan and Harry will return to the UK next month for a string of final engagements before stepping down as senior royals for good.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “We know that Harry will, reluctantly, be bowing out as Captain General of the Royal Marines at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in early March.
“They will both be attending the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey two days later and, reportedly, undertaking a couple more engagements that month.”
Prince Harry struggle: Meghan and Harry may struggle to maintain their British links without a UK-based team (Image: GETTY)
The couple are expected to return to Britain with their son Archie who has been in Canada since before Christmas.
The youngster is expected to be raised in North America and it is unclear how much contact he will have with his royal relatives.
The Sussexes recent under the radar visits in North America have fuelled speculation they could have spent time with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in LA.
Doria is likely to spend more time with Baby Archie now the Sussexes have moved to Canada.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK