Meghan and Harry shifted their offices from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, amid their big move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor earlier in March. However, one palace insider claimed the move was a “tactic” to keep a close eye on the royal couple, particularly Meghan. The move is said to have comes after the Duchess reportedly “horrified” Buckingham Palace staff when she issued a statement about her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in the lead up to her Royal Wedding. Speaking about the move, a senior palace insider told the Daily Mail: “The decision was made before his wedding when Kensington Palace began issuing daily statements about Meghan Markle’s father.”
Buckingham Palace was horrified. A key part of being royal is that you don’t say anything about that sort of thing. The Palace abides by its mantra: ‘When in doubt, never speak out.’”
Sara Latham is now Meghan and Harry’s new communications director, and is obliged to follow the orders of the Queen’s communications secretary, Donal McCabe.
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The Sussexes’ household staff will now keep a close watch of Meghan and Harry’s diary, including all their engagements and royal announcements.
“Diaries are cross-referenced to ensure there isn’t a clash and they decide if an event is suitable.”
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Meghan is known to have taken the lead in the Sussex household, but staff are now certain to follow the royal hierarchy as top priority – meaning the Queen’s orders come first.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have now welcomed baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor into the world after months of speculation. Just like with the Duchess of Cambridges children, chatter has surrounded the potential name and gender. But unlike those pregnancies, the focus has also been on skin colour. Thats because baby Archie is the first ever non-white child to be born into the British Royal Family.
The insider also told the Daily Mail: “The intention is to ensure what they do is co-ordinated with the rest of the household so you don’t get an Independent State of Frogmore [the Sussex’s Windsor cottage].
“The Royal Family is a very hierarchical organisation. It’s the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridges, the Sussexes in that order.
The new structure also gives Ms Latham the chance to refuse Meghan and Harry’s requests as she is not allowed to go against the orders of Ms McCabe, the Queen’s secretary.
A Kensington Palace spokesman would not confirm whether or not Kate and Williams children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – were also there.
The source added: “If there’s a difficult conversation to be had, she can say it’s Donal McCabe blocking this, not me.
An image was shared on the royal couples Instagram on Sunday of Los Angeles-raised Meghan clutching the babys feet over what appear to be forget-me-not flowers.
“This isn’t control in the sense of limitation. The Sussexes are well-liked. The message is simply: don’t let the good you do obscure that of others.”
Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry’s announcement of their baby reportedly caused a “huge cock-up” in the royal household that left palace staff scratching their heads.
It read: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.
It is said that Meghan refused to take part in the traditional photo op after giving birth, and “felt sorry” for her sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge when she posed for photos outside the Lindo Wing following the birth of Prince Louis.
Instead, her husband Prince Harry made the announcement outside their home in Frogmore Cottage a few hours after welcoming their baby boy.
One palace insider told the Daily Mail: “The way the birth was handled was a huge cock-up and left a very confusing picture.
Historian Kate Williams thinks Harrys cousin Zara Tindall and A-list friends, tennis champion Serena Williams and actor George Clooney could be potential godparents as well.
“The Sussexes were determined to get what they wanted. But the Palace machine is a force to be reckoned with.”
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Princess Dianas biographer Andrew Morton suggests Thomas Markle is trying to heal the rift with his estranged daughter Meghan.
“Hed been approached by Italian, French and German and other TV channels to talk about his relationship with Meghan, or non-relationship, and he turned them down.”
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PR expert Nick Ede says: “I think Thomas of all them is going to be the one who actually wants to build this bridge and heal that rift.
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“I think Samantha, on the other hand, is very much about headlines, financial gain, so I dont think shes going to go quiet, but I do think Thomas will definitely.”
Historian Kate Williams adds: “I think you also have to accept the fact that we may not be completely privy to everything that is going on.
“Absolutely there is this sense that her father has been a loose cannon in the media, around the time of the marriage. In the last few weeks he has been notably absent from the air waves.
“He did, I think, an appropriate statement on the birth, so I think we have to kind of give them the benefit of the doubt for that.”