Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are itching to set up a global “philanthropy brand” without the pesky oversight of the royal family — but the Queen and Prince Charles have put the kibosh on their plans.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will set up an official household of aides and staffers within Buckingham Palace, under the Queen’s watchful eye.
“They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told ‘no’,” a royal source told the Sunday Times of London. “They can’t just go off and do their own thing.”
Their new offices will be separate from the household of Prince William, which the brothers have shared up to now.
Officials insist that the break is a sensible change for siblings with different royal responsibilities.
But the Sussexes’ ambitions are sparking conflict at London’s refined annual Chelsea flower show this week, where Meghan and Harry are sponsoring an ecology-minded African garden that’s stealing the spotlight from a rustic English installation designed by sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate’s “Back to Nature” garden features a treehouse, a waterfall, wild strawberries, and a campfire where children can toast marshmallows.
The “African climate change garden” presented by Camfed, one of Meghan and Harry’s top charities, boasts solar panels, an advanced irrigation system, and drought-resistant crops.
The royal family has intervened to keep Kate’s design from the glare of her in-laws’ glamour, ordering the charity to keep Harry’s photo out of their publicity materials for the event.
The Sussexes are expected to move from Kensington Palace, which they share with William and Kate, to a royal cottage in Windsor ahead of the birth of their first child in April.