The Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex are to formally split their households, as they and their wives go their separate ways after a lifetime of being the nation’s favourite royal double act.
The brothers are to separate every logistical element of their working lives, with staff based in different palaces and key aides moved or replaced.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose office will move to Buckingham Palace, have employed a new press secretary: a former senior adviser to both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair who worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The decision will be seen as a clear signal as to the direction of the Sussexes working lives, as they increasingly build their own profile by speaking out on the issues closest to their hearts.
The announcement comes after months of speculation about the future of the young royal household at Kensington Palace. Nicknamed the “Fab Four”, they have been plagued with rumours – denied and downplayed by aides – that their working style is no longer compatible.
While the Duke of Cambridge prepares for his eventual role as King, building his working life around more statesmanlike engagements, tours and speeches, the Duke of Sussex has been settling in to his new platform as a married man.