Harry and Meghan Are Distancing Themselves From William and Kate, and Here's Why
It sounds like it might well be the end of our favorite foursome. Back in November, The Sunday Times reported that Prince William and Prince Harry were considering creating two separate offices at Kensington Palace, which would allow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to forge their own path and would also reflect the increasingly different responsibilities that are being taken on by both couples. As for the timing of the move, a new Sunday Times story claims that it could happen within weeks, ahead of Meghan giving birth to the couple's first child.
Harry and Meghan are expecting to make their move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor estate, quite soon. Their new office is expected to remain at Kensington Palace, and plans are said to have been in the works since before Meghan and Harry got married last May. "William and Harry are working to make sure the Sussexes have an office that can support their family when they move to Frogmore this Spring," the Times wrote. "This work has been under way since before last year's wedding." The split makes sense, given the difference in responsibility for the two couples — as the future head of state, William will take over the Duchy of Cornwall, while Harry and Meghan are afforded a bit more liberty and "have more of a blank canvas with their roles."
"The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way," royals author Sally Bedell Smith told People last Fall. "It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities. Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share."
Harry and Meghan showed their growing strength as a twosome during their first royal tour as a married couple in October. While in Australia and New Zealand, the Duchess of Sussex gave three speeches, including an incredibly powerful talk to celebrate New Zealand's 125th anniversary of women's suffrage. "We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in your country," she told the crowd. "In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement but also the larger impact of what this symbolizes. Because, yes, women's suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness," Meghan continued.
On top of supporting issues that are close to their hearts and interests, Harry and Meghan have also differentiated themselves from William and Kate by sharing a few more personal moments with the public. While in Sydney for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games, Meghan took to Twitter and Instagram (albeit through Kensington Palace's accounts) to share a photo of her husband rehearsing his speech. And a few days later, Harry returned the favor by sharing a snap of his wife cradling her growing baby bump.
Thankfully, the Fab Four are expected to continue working as a group on their successful Royal Foundation, which revolves around four main themes of work: mental health, wildlife and conservation, young people, and the armed forces community. As we wait to see what the future involves for Harry, Meghan, William, and Kate, read on for all the times the foursome was photographed together.