As if it weren’t enough for Meghan Markle to be dealing with what seems like an endless barrage of negative media from the British press, it sounds like there’s something more to keep people annoyed. According to The Sun, the royal couple will be getting a “suite” of up to six offices inside Buckingham Palace. And while the insider noted that the rooms were offered to the couple by the “master of the household,” it sounds like the staff aren’t so pleased.
“The Palace traditionalists are grumpy that such a prime space is being given over to Harry and Meghan, who have perfectly adequate offices already at Kensington Palace,” The Sun reported.
“There are a lot of people trying to cause trouble for the Duke and Duchess as a result of this move,” they added.
Whatever the cause for grumpiness doesn’t seem to make too much sense, however, when considering that the rooms are apparently unoccupied right now. They’re being used for meetings, rather than for offices.
Plus, the insider said that the offices will be “reserved” for the royal couple when they’re at Buckingham. At the same time, the “permanent space is shared for the staff.”
The changes that will be needed to accommodate Meghan and Harry sound fairly basic: installing new desks, but not buying new furniture.
The reported move is expected to happen by the end of 2019.
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images – Chris Jackson
In comparison, the couple’s move to Frogmore Cottage was much more time consuming and of course, costly. The Daily Beast reported that the renovations racked up a hefty bill over $3 million.
The revelation was apparently not well received by the British public, who helped shoulder the bill. One critic, Graham Smith, blasted the decision to allow this renovation, saying that the funds could have gone to open up a center for military veterans.
Plus, it doesn’t help that Meghan and Harry were also criticized heavily for their decision to hold a private christening for their son, Archie. Their decision to do so caused many critics to note that the royal couple aren’t allowed such privacy, since they are obligated to share their lives with taxpayers.
And that was hardly the first time that Archie has caused controversy, as Meghan opted to hold off on debuting her son. While Kate Middleton prepared for a photo op with Prince Louis, hours after giving birth, Markle did not. The duchess decided to share the first photos of Archie on Instagram instead.