Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to the creation of a new Household for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The Household Office for Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, will be established in the spring with the support of The Queen and Prince Charles. The Queen has already given permission for the new office to be based at Buckingham Palace.
The couple’s official office is now based at Kensington Palace, where Harry’s elder brother Prince William lives with his family.
“This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage,” the palace said Thursday in a statement.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lived in Nottingham Cottage – a house within the grounds of Kensington Palace in London – since they were engaged last year. Their new home will be Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, west of London.
The announcement comes weeks before the couple is expected to welcome their first child. The baby will be seventh in line to the British throne after Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children and Prince Harry.