Prince Harry and Meghan Markle laid off their staff and closed their Buckingham Palace office, the Daily Mail reported.
Most of the 15 staff members in their Buckingham Palace office are negotiating severance packages, while a few are being reabsorbed back into the royal household, according to the report.
“Given their decision to step back, an office at Buckingham Palace is no longer needed,” a source told the Mail. “While the details are still being finalized and efforts are being made to redeploy people within the royal household, unfortunately there will be some redundancies.”
The closing of their UK office is the latest effort in the couple’s departure from the royal palace to re-establish themselves in Canada. In January, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their bombshell announcement to step back as senior royals to pursue business endeavors outside of the royal family.
The Mail source added that the 15-person team was shocked by the royal couple’s decision, but remain “very loyal to the Sussexes and understand and respect the decision they have taken.”
Their Buckingham Palace staff is still working on setting up Harry and Meghan’s final engagements before the couple fully steps back from their royal duties — including the Mountbatten Festival of Music planned for March 7 and the Commonwealth Day service on March 9, the Mail reported.
Representatives from the Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.