The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex are set to split their household within weeks,?The Sunday Times?can reveal.
Princes William and Harry, who have long been the closest of brothers, are expected to part ways formally to create separate courts before the birth of Harry’s first child, due in April or May.
The division of their shared household after 10 years reflects their increasingly different responsibilities. It is thought courtiers hope a formal separation of their staff may help ease the reported tensions between the brothers and their wives.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will shortly move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate. Their new office is expected to remain at Kensington Palace.
“William and Harry are working to make sure the Sussexes have an office that can support their family when they move to Frogmore this spring,” a source told the Times. “This work has been underway since before last year’s wedding.”
Rumors that Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate don’t get along began swirling in November 2018. “The ‘feud’ is definitely being played up,” a source told?US Weekly?at the time. “Are they the best of friends? No. Do they speak every waking second? No. Do they hate each other? Absolutely not.”
A source who knows William and Harry told the?Times: “When William becomes the Prince of Wales, he will take on a lot of extra responsibility, including the Duchy of Cornwall. Harry and Meghan have none of that, and seem ambitious about forging their own paths.”
The brothers first created their own private office in 2009 after they broke away from their father Prince Charles’ court at Clarence House.
“The brothers have leant on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before,” an insider told the?Times. “They have become different people with different outlooks on life.”
William, Kate, Harry and Meghan will continue to work together on The Royal Foundation, their charitable endeavor that supports issues including mental health, veterans, conservation and at-risk youths.