Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s Frogmore Cottage staff downsized

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly cut their staff at Frogmore Cottage in the wake of their historic announcement to step away from their duties as senior royals.

However, Daily Mail reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reassigned at least two permanent employees, a house manager and a cleaner, to other duties within the queen’s household. Other members of the staff who worked on a less consistent basis – chefs, maids and others – were reportedly told their services were no longer needed at Frogmore Cottage.

The move comes as rumors swirl that the couple plans to permanently settle in Canada, making further upkeep and staffing at their Windsor residence unnecessary. Despite the reported change in staffing, the couple has assured the public that they’ll still have a residence in Windsor.

Meghan and Harry currently live in Frogmore Cottage, which is owned by the queen. According to the couple’s website, they intend to keep that residence as they plan to divide their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

“Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom,” their website reads.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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