Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been residing in Canada, speaking at events, and taking personal trips after announcing their royal exit in January. Not to mention that the couple has already have no issues in terms of being financially independent as they have already received a reported $1 for their recent JP Morgan speaking arrangement in Miami.
However, although the couple is doing great with their current endeavors, they also had to let go all 15 of their personal staff members who served during their office in Buckingham Palace.
According to The Daily Mail, the staff of 15 were told in person in January after the couple’s announcement to step down from the royal party. Among the staff members that lost their jobs were private secretary Fiona Mcilwham, Harry’s program coordinator Clara Loughran, communications chief Sara Latham, and assistant communications secretary Marnie Gaffney.”
However, the Daily Mail reported that some of the staff members may be hired back in other roles by the royal family. But, some of the members may not continue their employment at the Royal Palace.
“Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed,” one source said. “While the details are still being finalised and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies.”
Though it is also expected that the rest of the staff, if not selected to have responsibilities at the Royal Palace, should have no issues finding employment. After all, working directly for the Duke and Duchess and Sussex, would only serve beneficial to the staff’s professional careers.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been reported to attend their final royal engagements for the celebration of Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9. This was a personal invitation and not a demand sent by the Queen herself for the two to come and participate in one final duty as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And this will be among the final assignments given their 15 member staff as well in regards to serving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“The Duke and Duchess have a small team, less than 15 people. The team are very loyal to the Sussexes and understand and respect the decision they have taken,” the source continued. “They are all close and supporting each other. The team are busy helping to set their Royal Highnesses up for the future and working on a series of final engagements.”
Although the 15 members will be stepping out of their duties directly serving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it seems as though they should not have any issues in terms of future employment within or outside of the Royal Palace.