Big changes are happening at Kensington Palace! It's been revealed that Prince William and Prince Harry are parting ways after sharing a household for many years, during which time fans have delighted in their sweet brotherly bond and the special relationship the royal shares with his sister-in-law Duchess Kate. According to Roya Nikkah, royal correspondent for The Sunday Times, Prince Charles' two sons are planning to separate their households now that each has a family of his own. This is part of the preparations Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are undertaking as they look ahead to life with their new baby.
“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,” said a source close to the princes. Accordingly, as Roya explains, "The Sussexes are expected to leave their two-bedroom home at Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and may choose to move into the main palace or find a new royal residence."
The split isn't an indication of any relationship problems or ill will between the close pair. The establishment of separate courts would actually be more of a reflection of their diverging responsibilities - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge preparing to one day step into the roles of monarch and consort, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a less structured future in the royal fold. Though it signals major changes to the 'fab four' era, which has seen unprecedented interest in and love of the Royal Family, it will still see Princes William and Harry, Kate and Meghan working together through their Royal Foundation.
The foursome was last photographed together at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding on Oct. 16, where the Sussexes are said to have told their family that they have a royal baby on the way. The couple then jetted off on their first overseas tour Down Under, visiting Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand to further cement their dedication to the Commonwealth. Prince William and Kate, meanwhile, attended a State Banquet back in London as Dutch monarchs King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima made their first-ever state visit to the UK.