The two royal couples are planning to disband at Kensington Palace, at least that's what PEOPLE magazine has just reported.
Spinning off a story just ran by UK magazine "The Sunday Times," PEOPLE reports that Meghan and Harry are planning to split their joint office at Kensington Palace from Prince William and Kate.
The move is set to happen in the spring, after Meghan delivers the couple's first child. While the Palace has no comment, royal insiders speculate that Meghan and Harry want to forge their own path, with their own separate interests.
“The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” royals author Sally Bedell Smith told PEOPLE. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities."
“Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share,” Bedell Smith added.
Meghan, for instance, has a passion for women's rights, a subject she has given speeches about on her latest tour with Harry. While speaking in New Zealand about women's rights, the Duchess of Sussex said, “Because yes, women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness."
“Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community, the involvement and voice that allows you to be a part of the very world that you are a part of,” Meghan continued.
But the two couples will likely continue their joint platform for mental health under the Royal Foundation. “They have brought many charities working in the same sector together to empower them and lend their positions,” said Bedell Smith. “But they will increasingly follow their own respective interests.”
“I think it really is just a shift in priorities and interests,” she added. “William is a husband and father of three and his focus is primarily on them, and Harry will soon be a father.
“Each of them will continue the very strong representative of the Queen in carrying out tasks and assignments that she, and probably their father, wants them to do. They are going to be sharing in this diffusion of activities on behalf of the Queen,” said Bedell Smith.
There have, of course, been rumors of feuds and rivalries between Kate and Meghan. Certainly, sharing the spotlight will highlight any possible differences the two may have. But do you think this potential disbanding is due to personal issues or merely, as the royal expert says, a plan to divide and conquer on the Queen's behalf?
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