Page Six: Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Organized Lunch to Bid Farewell to Their UK Staff
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hosted an emotional lunch with their Buckingham Place staff as they bid them farewell before performing their final royal duties.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised their Buckingham Place staff with a lavish lunch at the 5-star Goring hotel in London.
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall — marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 80th anniversary of the formation of Britain’s Commandos. The Duke, who is Captain General @RoyalMarines joined veterans, serving members, world-class musicians, composers and conductors of the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to help raise funds on behalf of the @RoyalMarines Charity. #MFM2020 Photo © The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / Chris Allerton
Despite previous discussions with their staff about their departure, their farewell lunch was an emotionally charged event as they said their final goodbyes to the couple.
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Today, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex had a full and impactful day in Botswana. As Sentebale co-founding patron, HRH visited Kasane Health Post, Botswana, to show his support for young people affected by #HIV and the important work being done to eradicate the stigma and support the community at large. He also spent the afternoon working with @elephantswithoutborders to continue to support conservation efforts on the ground- (for more on that please see our previous post!) Both organisations are close to The Duke’s heart, having worked on conservation for many years and founding Sentebale over 13 years ago. As shared on the @sentebale account: In Kasane, 1 in 5 people aged between 15 and 49 live with HIV. The area, a transit point between four countries, is affected by a high HIV infection rate with transactional sex and unemployment driving risky behaviour. Sentebale expanded work in Botswana in 2016, over 47 clubs have been established around the country for young people coming to terms with living with #HIV, reaching over 1,250 adolescents monthly. In addition, the team has held 15 weeks of camp, attended by 1,115 campers. #RoyalVisitBostwana Photo©️PA images
The lunch held at the Goring would be the last of many events the couple has held in honor of their team. Sharing details about previous events, the source said:
"Harry and Meghan have often done fun things like throwing pizza parties or hiring ice cream trucks for their staff."
A royal source told Page Six, the couple made special toasts about the staff and thanked them all for their support through the years.
Having established such a close bond with each other, it was revealed that some of them became emotional and wept during the intimate lunch.
According to Hello!, while a few of the staff members will be absorbed into other positions within the royal household, others have negotiated redundancy packages. Speaking on their final moments the source explained:
"Meghan and Harry really wanted to show their appreciation, they know how hard everyone has worked."
The farewell lunch was one of the first stops Meghan made when she arrived in London for her final royal engagements, where she was spotted for the first time since settling in Canada.
The couple is believed to have spent the night at the hotel before lunch, where they spotted leaving. It is also a favorite of Kate Middleton, who spent the night in 2011 before she married Prince William.