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.’”
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.
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.
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“Diaries are cross-referenced to ensure there isn’t a clash and they decide if an event is suitable.”
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.
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.
Kate and William have visited their nephew Archie for the very first time this afternoon at Meghan and Harrys home, in Frogmore Cottage – without their three children, Prince George, Princes Charlotte and Prince Louis. The royal couple arrived at Frogmore Cottage shortly after Harry returned from Oxford, following a series of engagements. Royal correspondent Victoria Murphy confirmed the news, and said on Twitter: “I understand that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited their new nephew Archie at Frogmore Cottage. The visit took place after Harry returned from a day of engagements in Oxford.”
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].
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“The Royal Family is a very hierarchical organisation. It’s the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridges, the Sussexes in that order.
Christine George, 52, whose son James, 17, is having chemotherapy, said: “He said he had all this organised, but had a sleepless night last night – not the ideal preparation for his first day at work.”
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.
The source added: “If there’s a difficult conversation to be had, she can say it’s Donal McCabe blocking this, not me.
“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.”
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet their newborn nephew Archie
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
Instead, her husband Prince Harry made the announcement outside their home in Frogmore Cottage a few hours after welcoming their baby boy.
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One palace insider told the Daily Mail: “The way the birth was handled was a huge cock-up and left a very confusing picture.
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“The Sussexes were determined to get what they wanted. But the Palace machine is a force to be reckoned with.”
The wait goes on for Prince George and his siblings Charlotte and Louis to meet their week-old cousin Archie after they missed out yesterday.
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Prince William and wife Kate saw Archie for the first time at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor last night in a private visit.
The children remain excited about meeting their cousin and it is understood they will be introduced to him soon.
Meghan Markle was unable to attend her 20-year high school reunion after it fell on May 5 — days before she gave birth to her and Prince Harrys first-born child Archie.
The Duke (second right) and Duchess of Cambridge (left) are believed to have visited their nephew for the first time last night. But their children Louis (second left), Charlotte (centre) and George (right) missed out because it was past their bedtime
The reunion at the private Catholic girls school her estranged dad paid for her to attend saw 37 attend from the class of 1999, out of a possible 50.
Prince Harry and Meghan have made sure to keep Princess Dianas family included in Archies first days, with her sister Lady Jane Fellowes becoming one of the first to meet the new baby
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Princess Dianas older sister Lady Jane Fellowes, pictured during a charity visit in London, became one of the first to meet Prince Harry and Meghans new son last week
The Queen and Prince Philip also met baby Archie last week. Meghans mother Doria Ragland has been staying with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the past few weeks