Meghan Markle and Harry axe ALL staff based in UK as couple prepare to NEVER return

MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have reportedly let all 15 members of their UK staff go in the clearest sign yet the royal couple will not return to the UK.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to close their Buckingham Palace office as they prepare for life across the Atlantic in Canada. It is understood Meghan, 38 and Harry, 35, informed members of staff in January shortly after it was confirmed they would step back from their senior roles within the royal family. 

It is thought the royal couple have worked to seek new roles for the members of staff, however it is believed not everyone will be granted a new job.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William are understood to be aware of the major shake-up to the office.

A royal source told the Daily Mail: “Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly letting all their UK staff go (Image: GETTY)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have reportedly let all 15 members of their UK staff go (Image: PA)

"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.”

Fiona Mcilwham, the couple's newly appointed private secretary, and communications chief Sara Latham are understood to be among those to have lost their job.

Prince Harry’s programme co-ordinator Clara Loughran and assistant communications secretary Marnie Gaffney are also thought to have been let go by the royals.

Julie Burley, who worked in the press office and has been an influential figure in the couple’s Heads Together mental health campaign, is another key figure who is thought to have departed.

Whilst Meghan and Harry bombshell news that they will quit their frontline royal duties and drop their HRH titles came as a shock, it is understood their royal staff were less surprised by this decision.

The royal insider added the team are “very loyal” and “respect the decision” made by the Duke and Duchess.

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The royal insider added the team are “very loyal” and “respect the decision” made by the Duke and Duchess (Image: PA)

The source said: “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.

“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.”

READ MORE: Prince Harry ‘doesn’t regret’ his and Meghan's decision and is 'happy'

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Redundancies will coincide with the couple’s final royal engagements which are set to take place in March (Image: PA)

It is understood the redundancies will coincide with the couple’s final royal engagements which are set to take place in March.

Another royal source added: “I don’t think it will comes as surprise to anyone that these have been incredibly trying circumstances for their team, who have experienced some very difficult times of late.

“They are all good people, very loyal and brilliant at their jobs, and everyone feels incredibly sorry for them.”

Last month Meghan and Harry announced their intention to split their time between the UK and Canada

Prince Harry said he initially hoped for a dual role in supporting the Queen, the Commonwealth and military associations.

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A timeline of the romance between Meghan and Harry (Image: EXPRESS)

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Prince Harry said he hoped for a dual role in supporting the Queen (Image: GETTY)

However in the speech at a charity event in London, the Duke conceded it “wasn’t possible.”

Harry said: “I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share not as a Prince, or a Duke, but as Harry, the same person that many of you have watched grow up over the last 35 years but with a clearer perspective.

“The UK is my home and a place that I love. That will never change.”

He added: “It brings me great sadness that it has come to this.”

The new royal arrangements will officially begin in the spring and will be reviewed in 2021.

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