This last year has been filled with changes for both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, especially for the latter, with them welcoming their first child in May and wanting to create their own mark as royals. That meant standing more independently and separating themselves from Prince William and Kate.
There have been multiple actions undertaken to do that, the latest being the relocation of their office from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace. This was revealed from the entries in the court circular, which is the record of the royal family’s past engagements. From Harry’s latest entry-his trip to Amsterdam so that he could be there to launch the sustainable tourism initiative Travalyst-is listed under Buckingham Palace. The one before this one was from Kensington Palace, so from now on its official that every future engagement for Prince Harry and Meghan will be listed under Buckingham Palace.
In March, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the two royal couples would split their households. “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 statement noted. “The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.”
It also noted: “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.”
Three months later, an announcement came that William and Kate will continue to head their Royal Foundation, renaming it as well, while Harry and Meghan will set up their own organization that will support causes that are close to their hearts. The Royal Foundation stated that the decision came after a conclusion of a review of its structure. They said that they will collaborate in the future on certain causes, such as the Heads Together mental health campaign. They added also that the decision was taken to “better align” their charitable activities.
Before all this, one of the first moves Prince Harry and Meghan made was moving to their new family home Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, just before the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison. Previously they were all in the filled-with-royal Kensington Palace.