Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly laid off 15 staff members as they close Buckingham Palace office
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly closing their office at Buckingham Palace after taking a step back from royal life.
According to The Daily Mail, all 15 staff members were notified the office would be closing last month. The publication reports that while some staff members may be given other roles within the royal family, most are likely to be made redundant.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace declined to comment to the publication.
However, an insider told the Daily Mail that the office was "no longer needed" after Meghan and Harry announced last month that they would be stepping back as senior royals.
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"Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed," they said. "While the details are still being finalised and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies."
The source explained that while the Sussexes' decision to step back as senior royals had been a shock to the team, they are "very loyal" to Meghan and Harry - and they "understand and respect the decision."
"The Duke and Duchess have a small team, less than 15 people. The team are very loyal to the Sussexes and understand and respect the decision they have taken. They are all close and supporting each other. The team are busy helping to set their Royal Highnesses up for the future and working on a series of final engagements," they added.