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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have separated from the Cambridges, Prince William and Kate Middleton at Kensington, following an announcement last week about forging a separate household for themselves ahead of the birth of their first child. The UK’s trusted source on Royal news, the Times UK, reveals that the couple went further to seek royal freedom from the Crown as well but was faced with a firm “no” from Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, the Prince of Wales.

Just last week, the royal family announced that the Queen agreed to “the creation of a new household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and the Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.” The separated courts of the Cambridges and Sussexes will have independent staff. This is said to ease the rumored tension between the couples a well.

In association with this change, last November it was also announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would move out of Kensington Palace and into their new home in Frogmore Cottage at Windsor Castle which will become their official residence in time for the birth of their first child this Spring.

It seems that Markle and Prince Harry put forth a proposal to further their separation, seeking an autonomous new court separate from Buckingham Palace, but the Queen and Prince Charles, who jointly fund the couple’s office, were not up for it.

According to a royal source coming forward to the Times UK, the Sussexes

“wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no.’ There is an institutional structure that doesn’t allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it’s good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can’t just go off and do their own thing.”

It is believed that the couple pled for this separation in an attempt to promote their own “Sussex” brand of philanthropy and humanitarianism. Meghan Markle is already known to be an enthusiastic activist speaking upon many issues ranging from women empowerment to children’s right to education, and the two are believed to stand united on many philanthropic causes.

Word has not been received from Buckingham Palace (representative of Queen Elizabeth II) or Kensington Palace (currently representative of both the Cambridges and Sussexes) on this news, and thus word stands that the couple will ease into their new and separate residence whilst maintaining their household office at Buckingham Palace as per the royal family’s previous statement.

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