Meghan Markle and Harry in official royal split from Kate Middleton and William

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Meghan Markle and Harry in official royal split from Kate Middleton and William

Harry and Meghan will formally separate from William and Kate following the official announcement of a new royal household.

The division has been rumoured for months and comes amid speculation of tensions between the brothers and their wives.

This morning it was confirmed that the Queen has agreed to let the Duke and Duchess of Sussex base their new household at Buckingham Palace.

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Fab Four are about to go their separate ways (Picture: Getty)

It will be established in the spring, around the same time the pair complete their move out of Kensington Palace and onto the Windsor Estate.

Currently, Harry and Meghan share both a home and staff with William and Kate in west London.

But over the last six months, the couples have led increasingly separate lives.

Much of that is entirely natural as William takes on more royal responsibilities as the heir to the throne.

It is reminiscent of the way Prince Andrew – once second in line – was increasingly side-lined after Prince Charles started his family.

However, William and Harry have always been seen as a unique double act and the loosening of the official ties will be viewed by many with sadness.

A source said the move was not down to a rift and instead both brothers are on ‘different trajectories’.

‘Harry is doing this with William’s support and blessing. This is just something that need to happen. It’s about future-proofing the monarchy.’

Prince Harry on his first day at nursery school with his parents Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and his older brother Prince William, Notting Hill, London, 16th September 1987.(Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

William and Harry were inseparable in their younger years and Princess Diana was at pains to make sure they were treated equally (Picture: Getty)

The new separate courts mirror the diverging interests of William and Harry.

William’s staff have a background in government, in preparation for him one day becoming head of state.

Harry and Meghan have employed a new press secretary Sara Latham; a former senior adviser to Bill Clinton and Tony Blair’s government who worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and also advised Barack Obama.

In November, it was announced that Harry and Meghan had been given Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate by the Queen.

It is currently undergoing renovations and the couple will move in around the birth of their first child, which is due in the spring.

At the time, speculation began to start that the once-solid bond between the royal brothers was starting to fragment.

TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read AARON CHOWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan will soon be starting a family and move to the Windsor estate (Picture: AFP)

Harry and Meghan were originally said to have been planning a new family home at Kensington Palace – where Harry and William grew up.

But a source told the Sun: ‘There has been a bit of tension between the brothers.

‘Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.’

William, 36, was said to have cautioned his younger sibling about rushing into the relationship with Meghan.

A source said: ‘William told his brother they knew nothing about her background, her intentions, what she was really like.

‘He just wanted to stress that becoming part of the Royal Family is a massive undertaking and the pressure and scrutiny is unrelenting.

‘Was Meghan the right one?

‘Harry went mental. He accused his brother of trying to finish the romance before it had begun.

‘The brothers’ relationship has not really recovered.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the opening of the Greenhouse Sports Centre on April 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince William was said to have told his brother to slow down his relationship with Meghan in the early days (Picture: Getty)

The royal brothers have always been close as the only people who really understand each other’s unique lives.

Princess Diana was always at pains that Harry should not be treated as ‘the spare’ and made a point in including him in all of William’s activities.

When it became clear the Queen mother favoured the elder brother, the Princess of Wales firmly took her to task and insisted Harry be treated as William’s equal.

The brothers’ trust and support of each other was strengthened by the death of their mother in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Harry, 34, is said to now be very over-protective of Meghan because he was unable to protect their mother.

A courtier in the Royal Household added: ‘He will brook absolutely no criticism of Meghan – and he is so sensitive he often sees criticism or negativity when there isn’t any.’

Once Meghan, 37, moved to London, Harry is said to have accused his brother and Kate of not being welcoming to her.

Meghan was said to have wanted Kate, 37, to show her the ropes but the Duchess was suffering from severe morning sickness with Prince Louis and was unable to help.

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, foreground, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex greet each other as they attend the Commonwealth Service with other members of the Royal family at Westminster Abbey in London, Monday, March 11, 2019. Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth - a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people, a third of the world's population, of whom 60 percent are under 30 years old. (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP)

The two royal women have put on a united front, including on Monday at the Commonwealth Day service (Picture: AP)

Kensington Palace refused to comment and then speculation began to surface that it was the two women who didn’t get on.

Sources say Home Counties girl Kate and former actress Meghan are simply ‘two very different women’.

Kate is happiest at home with the couple’s three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, while Meghan has a host of celebrity friends.

Last month she enjoyed a lavish baby shower in New York, which was at odds with the quiet rural life enjoyed by William and Kate.

They have put on a united front at a number of engagements, including Christmas Day at Sandringham and the Commonwealth Day service on Monday.

But there is no denying the two couples are drifting apart as their families grow.

A spokesman for the royal household said: ‘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 Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.

‘The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017.

‘This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.

‘The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace.’

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