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.
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.
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.
Prince Harry waves from his vehicle as he left the Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020, in Northampton, England | Source: Simon Dawson-WPA Pool/Getty Images
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.