‘Meghan is not changing Harry’: Royal expert defends Duchess as he slams rumours of a rift between Sussexes and Cambridges – and insists they always planned to separate households
- Prince Harry had ‘planned to do his own thing came before he met Meghan’
- Expert Omid Scobie said William and Harry always intended split households
- Said his move to leave Kensington Palace for Frogmore Cottage was expected
A royal experts has slammed reports that Meghan is ‘changing’ Harry amid rumours the Cambridges and the Sussexes are splitting households.
Royal correspondent Omid Scobie has revealed that the two brothers had always planned to split staff once they were both married, explaining that it makes sense for expectant parents Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, to do this ahead of the birth of their firstborn next month.
Speaking about the couple’s impending move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore House in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Omid also told how Harry had always intended to forge his own path and live separately from his older brother.
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A royal experts has slammed reports that Meghan is ‘changing’ Harry, both seen in Morocco last week, amid rumours the Cambridges and the Sussexes are splitting households
Speaking to Yahoo, Omid said: ‘I’ve had aides at Kensington Palace say to me that long before Meghan even came on the scene, they always knew that when he got married and wasn’t sort of the spare wheel, that he would go off and do his own thing with his partner and they would very much live under their household with their own staff.
‘A lot of people expected this to be a divide which happened a lot further down the line but baby Sussex is just around the corner and there’s a lot to do before then, so this split of the households will be the most important thing.
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‘It’s very easy or maybe I should say lazy, to allow this to play into that narrative of ‘oh, they’re at each other’s throats’.
‘It [the split] sounds dramatic but they will still have the same staff, it’s just that some will be working on the Sussexes and some on the Cambridges as they have very different staff.’
Royal correspondent Omid Scobie has revealed that the two brothers had always planned to split staff once they were both married. Pictured: Kate and William at the Royal Albert Hall last month
PR guru Nick Ede added: ‘This was always expected of the royal couple’.
Last month The Sunday Times reported that the brothers and their wives, the Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge, will formally separate their staff within weeks.
Harry and Meghan are due to move to Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle this year and are expecting their first child in spring.
The couple have been living at Kensington Palace in London, near William and Kate and their three children.
A royal expert said aides at Kensington Palace told him that they knew Prince Harry would do his own thing once he was married, long before Meghan, seen last week came along
The paper quoted a source saying: ‘William and Harry’s double act has naturally been supplanted by the two couples and their families.’
Rumours of a royal rift between the women began swirling after news emerged that Meghan and Harry will move away from Kensington Palace to make their home 25 miles away from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Windsor.
There were claims Harry was upset that William hadn’t been more welcoming when Meghan joined the family, as well as rumours the couples had clashed over staff.
Royal experts also claimed that while Kate was a more quiet personality type, Meghan’s ‘passionate activist streak’ meant it was harder for the two wives to relate to each other.
Rumours were rife that the pair had clashed over palace staff, with one source even claiming that Kate had ‘cried’ after Charlotte’s dress fitting ahead of Meghan’s wedding in May
In December an insider told Us Weekly the pregnant duchess was finding it ‘frustrating and stressful’ having ‘no voice’ – and finds the constraints of royal life ‘debilitating’.
Once an outspoken feminist who gave speeches at United Nations forums, Meghan has since shut down her social media accounts as part of her transition from actress to duchess.
However, royal insiders have insisted that there has been no falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, but admitted the pair are ‘very different people’.
A source previously told the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English: ‘While there are some tensions behind the scenes, Kate is pretty unflappable and nothing has become bad enough to make Harry and Meghan want to move out.
‘People are genuinely pleased to see them so happy. The truth is that there simply isn’t enough room at Kensington Palace for them and I know they have been looking at Windsor as a possibility since before the wedding.’
However, royal insiders have insisted that there has been no falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes, but admitted the pair are ‘very different people’
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