Harry and Meghan split with their staff at Frogmore Cottage
Since 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living at Frogmore Cottage, which was previously largely renovated with taxpayer money. But now that the pair has been withdrawn, many employees have to change jobs.
For the wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan in May 2018, the Queen gave the couple a special gift: Frogmore Cottage, an estate in the park at Windsor Castle, built in the early 19th century. The country estate is officially part of the Crown Estate of the United Kingdom, so it is not the private property of the Queen. Still, she can decide who lives there and uses taxpayer money to maintain the property. Harry and Meghan had massively renovated Frogmore Cottage for millions of pounds, with the cost of furnishings being paid for privately by the couple.
How long Harry and Meghan will spend after their retirement as members of the royal family is questionable. On their new website, “sussexroyal.com,” the two announced that Frogmore Cottage would continue to serve as their official residence while performing duties for the royal family. “So that your family always has a home when they are in the UK,” the website says.
But many in Great Britain suspect Meghan in particular won’t spend as much time in the kingdom as they might have thought. One indication of this is the fact that several Frogmore Cottage employees have been relieved of their duties, including a janitor and a cleaner. Sometimes the services of the other staff helping Harry and Meghan will no longer be needed.
Frogmore Cottage staff moved to Buckingham Palace
However, the workers are not unemployed: they must be given new jobs in the queen’s house. Unlike Prince Charles and Prince William, Harry and Meghan did not run their own court with private secretaries, press officials and several other staff, but were formally assigned to Buckingham Palace. This coincides with the wishes of the Queen and Prince Charles for a more effective, less expensive monarchy.
This is one reason why Elizabeth II may have agreed to her grandson and his wife’s desire for a life away from the royal family. In his official statement after the Sandringham crisis meeting, the 93-year-old spoke of a transition phase, but also said: “There are complex issues that my family has to resolve and there is still work to be done, but I have asked that A final decision will be taken in the coming days.” The departure of full-time employees of Frogmore Cottages is likely to be one of the first such decisions.
hilarious:“sussexroyal.com”, “Daily Mail”
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