Prince Harry and Meghan Markle axed 15 members of their UK staff in the clearest sign yet the royal couple will not return to the UK. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to close their Buckingham Palace office as they prepare for life across the Atlantic in Canada. It is understood Meghan, 38 and Harry, 35, informed members of staff in January shortly after it was confirmed they would step back from their senior roles within the royal family.
Their latest appearance with banking giant JP Morgan has led to them being branded as “free-loaders”, The Evening Standard Royal editor, Robert Jobson suggested.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr Jobson said: “They are supposed to be doing a couple more engagements before this period of transition is over.
“Given the bad publicity that’s happened in terms of them flying to do the JP Morgan job.
“We don’t know how much money they were paid if they were paid but the suggestion is it was quite a substantial amount of money.
“There’s a lot of ill feeling going on here about them being, and lots of reports in America too, about them being freeloaders.”
He continued: “There has been criticism in the media that doesn’t necessarily mean that transfers to the people.
“They have a very loyal band of followers.
“I think it has been a bit critical and the problem they face here is the monetisation of the Sussexes and what it’s going to do to the monarchy going forward.”
Harry and Meghan are thought to have scooped up to a staggering $1million (£780,000) for a speech they gave at JP Morgan.
Harry gave a speech at the exclusive event in Miami, which is said to have been attended by billionaires.
Despite speculation over his fee it is not known if he was paid for the engagement.
The Sussexes are expected to return to the UK in March to carry out their last engagements as working members of the Royal Family.
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Express.co.uk understands the Sussexes have several engagements lined up in the UK in March, which will be announced by Buckingham Palace in due course.
A royal expert also claimed Meghan and Harry are set to attend “three or four” royal duties next month.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English wrote on Twitter: “I’m told the couple will have three or four engagements in March – including Harry’s last engagement as Captain-General of the Royal Marines as he attends the Mountbatten Festival of Music on March 7.
“And then that’s it.”
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