Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's announcement they will "step down" as senior members of the Royal Family, has spurred questions about where the couple will live in Canada and what is happening with Frogmore Cottage, their official residence in the UK. Recent reports suggest that staff at the house are being redeployed around the estate at Windsor Castle.
Some reports suggest staff have been "let go," but it appears to be a move instead. It is Town & Country's understanding "that some staff from the house have been reassigned elsewhere within the royal household."
According to Insider, a source close to the palace reportedly said "no members of staff have been let go" and that it is routine for staff to be moved around within the royal household.
One of the big questions following the Duke and Duchess's announcement was whether they would keep Frogmore Cottage as their UK residence. Harry and Meghan sought to answer that with their new Sussex Royal website.
"Frogmore Cottage will continue to be the property of Her Majesty the Queen," the site states. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to use Frogmore Cottage – with the permission of Her Majesty The Queen – as their official residence as they continue to support the Monarchy, and so that their family will always have a place to call home in the United Kingdom."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously lived at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, but it was deemed unsuitable for their growing family after it was announced they were expecting Archie.
They elected to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor instead of other residences at Kensington Palace because the latter wouldn't have been ready before 2020.
Frogmore Cottage was converted from five separate apartments into an official residence for the royal couple with renovations being covered by the Sovereign Grant, which funds the Queen and her family’s official activities. Harry and Meghan paid for other costs privately, including fixtures and fittings.
As part of stepping down, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have stated they will no longer use the Sovereign Grant as they work towards being "financially independent."
Harry and Meghan will reside in Canada is another question. On Jan. 8, Meghan reportedly left the UK after the couple's announcement and returned to the North Saanich, B.C. home where the Sussex family is thought to have stayed during their six-week extended break from royal duties.
Yesterday, The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle visited to discuss climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples. Was great to talk about the importance of a holistic approach to social justice, and the power of young women’s leadership. #DuchessOfSussexpic.twitter.com/M9LaqEELl7
— Justice For Girls (@JFG_Canada) January 16, 2020