It’s the end of an era. Prince William and Prince Harry will officially separate their courts ahead of the birth of Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s first child this spring. That’s right, two grown men have decided they need more than 10 feet of space between them, so now we must speculate on how much the brothers and their wives hate one another. Of course, we could also just look at the fact that adults don’t tend to work with their siblings.
The brothers have shared a household for the past decade but will now formally separate their courts, with the joint press office remaining at Kensington Palace. This division will coincide both with the arrival of Harry and Meghan’s new baby and the newlyweds’ move from Kensington Palace into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, the house that doubled as the stunning backdrop for the pair’s engagement photos. Yeah, we could see wanting a home office there.
A source told the Sunday Times, “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. This work has been underway since before last year’s wedding.”
Did everyone hear that last part? Plans have been in place since before Harry and Meghan were married in May 2018, which means the rumored rift between the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex has nothing to do with the new developments. In reality, the change has much more to do with the two couples having very different responsibilities laid out ahead of them.
With Prince William as the second in line to the throne and William and Kate’s three children as the next three successors, their family’s royal duties are intense and rigid. On the flip side, Harry and Meghan have more autonomy when it comes to deciding how to spend their time, including what organizations to get involved with and how they can conduct themselves in public. The difference between the couples has been apparent from the start, with Harry and Meghan often photographed holding hands and being affectionate towards one another, something that we rarely ever see from the future King of England and his wife. Heavy lays the crown and all that.
With the brothers facing such different paths, separating their courts and working with separate offices is a logical move, with the division seen as a way to allow the brothers to “create their own personal media style.” So, Harry gets to keep being fun brother.
A source close to the royals 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. If you have one private office trying to manage both, things get difficult. William and Harry’s double act has naturally been supplanted by the two couples and their families.”
The brothers previously broke away to form their own court in 2009, separating from their father Prince Charles’ court at Clarence House.