The Duke and Duchess of Sussex raised eyebrows when they moved their offices from Kensington Palace to Buckingham Palace, amid their big move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor earlier this year.
And sources have revealed that the surprise move was a “tactic” to keep a close eye on the royal couple - particularly Meghan – who is said to have “horrified” Buckingham Palace staff when she issued a statement about her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in the lead up to her Royal Wedding.
“The decision was made before his wedding when Kensington Palace began issuing daily statements about Meghan Markle’s father,” a senior palace aide told the Daily Mail.
“Buckingham Palace was horrified. A key part of being royal is that you don’t say anything about that sort of thing. The Palace abides by its mantra: ‘When in doubt, never speak out.’”
As a result, royal officials are keeping a close watch over Meghan and Harry’s diaries, which include all their engagements and royal announcements.
“They decide what to put in front of the senior royals.
“It’s a bit like the civil service. Engagements are scheduled by committee.
“Diaries are cross-referenced to ensure there isn’t a clash and they decide if an event is suitable.”
The insider also told the Daily Mail: “The intention is to ensure what they do is co-ordinated with the rest of the household so you don’t get an Independent State of Frogmore [the Sussex’s Windsor cottage].
“The Royal Family is a very hierarchical organisation. It’s the Queen, Prince Charles, the Cambridges, the Sussexes in that order.
“As the fourth household you have to respect that chain of command.”