Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage staff are being 'redeployed' 5 months ago

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage staff are being 'redeployed'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Frogmore Cottage staff are being 'redeployed' as the couple prepare to split their time between the UK and Canada.

Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that the couple had been letting staff members go as they prepared to set up a new home in Canada.

However, a source told CNN that the staff members were being "redeployed" following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's announcement that they would be stepping back from their roles as senior royals.

"In quiet periods staff are often redeployed elsewhere around the estate," they explained. "No members of staff have been let go."

Last week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry conformed that "after many months of reflection and internal discussions", they were planning to start to "carve out a progressive new role within this institution."

"We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," their statement said.

"It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages."

The Sussexes said that the "geographic balance" would enable them to raise their son, Archie, for an "appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity."