Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Asked for Independence and the Queen Said No

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly asked for complete independence when they split from Prince William and Kate Middleton's office. The Queen apparently rejected the couple's proposal to create a global Sussex brand.

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  • According to a new report, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lobbied to have their own court, but Queen Elizabeth vetoed the idea.
  • The report comes from the Sunday Times, which reported that a source close to the royals explained that Harry and Meghan wanted full independence and the chance to create a global philanthropy brand. 
  • Instead, Harry and Meghan's office will be based out of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have big plans—but the Queen reportedly isn't on board. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex fought to have their own independent office, according to a report from the Sunday Times, but Queen Elizabeth and Harry's dad, Prince Charles, vetoed the idea. And their word is pretty much final, since Elizabeth and Charles will be jointly funding the office. A royal source told the Sunday Times

"They wanted their household to be entirely independent of Buckingham Palace, but were told 'no.' There is an institutional structure that doesn't allow that kind of independence. The feeling is that it's good to have the Sussexes under the jurisdiction of Buckingham Palace, so they can't just go off and do their own thing."

According to the Sunday Times' report, their "own thing" would be a global "Sussex brand" of philanthropy and humanitarianism that would allow Meghan to keep working as an activist, if Harry and Meghan had their way.

The reports of a shut down from the Queen come just days after the royal family confirmed that Harry and Meghan would be splitting their household from Will and Kate's and establishing their own office at Buckingham Palace.

"The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year," the official release said. "The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring."

The change was described as being a "long-planned move" to support Harry and Meghan's royal work when they relocate to Frogmore Cottage to raise their family.

"The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace," the release continued. "Their Royal Highnesses will appoint new communications staff, who will form part of the Buckingham Palace communications team and report to The Queen’s Communications Secretary, Donal McCabe. Kensington Palace will continue to support Their Royal Highnesses until that team is in place."

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.