Daily Mail: Meghan & Harry's 15-Person UK Staff Reportedly Lost Their Jobs after Royal Exit

The ripples of Harry's and Meghan's exit from senior royal family duties continue to be felt by those inside Buckingham Palace, with the latest news being that members of their London staff have been laid off. 

Prince Harry, his wife, Meghan Markle, and their baby son, Prince Archie, continue to settle into their new lives after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit their roles as senior members of the Royal Family in January. 

Since that announcement, the effects have continued to be felt, with the latest being that Harry and Meghan's 15-member London staff were laid off. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from Catalyst Inc, North Ireland's next generation science park on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from Catalyst Inc, North Ireland's next generation science park on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. | Photo: Getty Images

PEOPLE confirmed the news of the layoff after Daily Mail first reported about the Sussex Royals Buckingham Palace office closure. 

Among the 15-member staff to be laid off were Fiona Mcilwham, who served as Private Secretary, Sara Latham, who served as Communications Chief, and Assistant Communications Secretary, Marnie Gaffney. 

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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Daily Mail also reported that some of the laid-off staff might, however, be rehired into other roles in the Palace by the Royal Family. 

Harry and Meghan have been living in British Columbia, Canada, since announcing their departure from Royal Family duties, but there is yet to be certain where they will permanently reside with their son, Archie. 

An Insider revealed to Closer Weekly that Queen Elizabeth invited Harry and Meghan because she missed Baby Archie

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting 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. 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. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with 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. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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A source close to the couple previously revealed to PEOPLE that they had checked some houses in Los Angeles, and were likely to have homes in California and Canada. 

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan made their first public appearance since their "Megxit" announcement at a private JPMorgan event in Miami. Their presence at the event was termed as groundbreaking by a source, who said:

"Every guest at a royal event is scrutinized by the royal household. Who sat at their table? It is a slippery slope. Something like this is absolutely groundbreaking."

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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 Royals are known to speak at private events, but only to benefit charities. The JPMorgan event, however, was managed differently from that of a Royal event. Buckingham Palace has also not confirmed if Harry and Meghan were paid to attend the event.

Prince Harry gave a personal speech at the event, telling the guests present, including Jennifer Lopez and A.Rod, that though it had been a difficult time for him and Meghan, he doesn’t regret their decision to step down as Senior Royals. 

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More images from Heritage Day in Bo Kaap. As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Auwal Mosque – the first and oldest Mosque in South Africa. Standing as a symbol of the freedom of former slaves to worship, the Mosque hosts events with Muslim, Christian and Jewish young leaders, and encourages friendship and understanding between South Africa's varied communities. The Duke and Duchess also got to view the first known manuscript of the Qu’ran in Africa, drafted by Tuan Guru from memory, whilst he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ••• Heritage Day celebrated the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the rainbow nation. Bo Kaap streets filled with colour and music while Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed to one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Cape Town. The area has seen inter-community tension rise over the last few years, yet days like today show how faith, traditions, food and music bring people together, and celebrate the things that unite each and every one of us. #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Photo ©️ Shutterstock / PA images

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Apart from the laid-off London staff of Harry Meghan, Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth is also feeling the effect of her grandson and his family's absence. 

The Queen asked Harry and Meghan to return to the U.K for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, which would be one of their last Royal Engagements. 

An Insider revealed to Closer Weekly that Queen Elizabeth invited Harry and Meghan because she missed Baby Archie, and would love to see him again, and she also misses Harry and wouldn’t want him to feel alienated from the family. 

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