Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘personally’ told staff they were losing ...

From the beginning of April the couple’s Institutional Office, which coordinated their royal activities, will cease operating. Meghan and Harry dramatically announced they are stepping down from their positions as senior royals last month.

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Instead they aim to become financially independent, whilst splitting their time between North America and the UK.

A statement on the couple’s website explained their transition plan and the impact it will have on their staff.

In said: “Based on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to have a reduced role as members of The Royal Family, it was decided in January that their Institutional Office would have to be closed given the primary funding mechanism for this official office at Buckingham Palace is HRH The Prince of Wales.

“The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.

Meghan MarkleMeghan and Harry are closing their Buckingham Palace office (Image: GETTY)

Meghan MarklePrince Harry with Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY )

“Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.”

Meghan and Harry also announced they will no longer use their ‘SussexRoyal’ brand.

Currently they have over 11 million Instagram followers under this label.

Their statement explained: “The Duke and Duchess will no longer be considered full-time working Members of The Royal Family, it was agreed that use of the word ‘Royal’ would need to be reviewed as it pertains to organisations associated with them in this new regard.

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Meghan MarkleMeghan and Harry in London earlier this year (Image: GETTY)

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