Meghan Markle possibly starting maternity leave

Meghan Markle Officially On Maternity Leave! Let The Royal Baby Countdown Begin

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially splitting from Prince William and Kate Middleton to create their own royal household this spring.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace revealed: "The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May previous year".

On Wednesday, Meghan held a previously unannounced meeting at Kensington Palace with the Royal National Theatre's artistic director Rufus Norris and executive director Lisa Burger. "The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring", the statement reads, shared by royal expert Katie Nicholl.

At the Commonwealth Day service this week, she greeted the Duchess of Cambridge with a kiss on both cheeks - putting to bed rumours of a "feud".

The member of the British royal family is over seven months pregnant with her first child with husband Prince Harry and has no future public appearances scheduled on her calendar - as of Thursday.

However, sources with knowledge insist that this latest move has nothing to do with the reported rift and was always part of the long-term plan.

Kensington Palace will support the Sussexes until their new staffing arrangements are in place.

It means Harry and Meghan's team will no longer have to report to his brother William's team which removes one of the tensions that exist between the siblings.

Author Sally Bedell Smith told People the separation was "inevitable and practical" because it would give the Sussexes the chance to establish their own interests and charities. "She'll be preparing for her maternity leave", the source added.

Kensington Palace said his new role will include "advising Their Royal Highnesses on their charitable initiatives - including work on the environment, mental health, and early childhood".

It appears that numerous most senior staff, now at Kensington Palace, are staying to work with the Cambridges.

"The Duke of Sussex now has his own private office, which has been supporting the Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017", Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"Better to do it now so there's no upheaval later".

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