Queen Elizabeth II will create a new Household for Meghan and Harry

The Duchess of Sussex attends The Fashion Awards 2018 in London

Princes Harry and William remain joint patrons, with their wives, of the Royal Foundation, the primary charitable body for the Cambridges and Sussexes.

"Meghan has very strong views on what she is interested in and that may be what Harry shares, but not what William and Kate share", she continued.

The announcement comes weeks before the couple is expected to welcome their first child.

The actor and director called the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a "really wonderful, loving couple", in an interview with ITV's "Good Morning Britain" on Friday. The Queen has already given permission for the new office to be based at Buckingham Palace.

Existing Kensington Palace staff will remain with the Cambridges while House Sussex will be based out of Buckingham Palace and Sara Latham, who holds dual USA and United Kingdom citizenship, will head up communications for the Sussexes, reporting directly to Donal McCabe, the Queen's new communications secretary.

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However, sources with knowledge insist that this latest move has nothing to do with the reported rift and was always part of the long-term plan.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have hired Sara Latham, a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, as the head of their communications team. The Queen has given a nod to creating a completely new royal residence for Prince Harry and Meghan as they would want to start their family at a new household. "The Duke of Sussex now has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since Their Royal Highness's engagement in November 2017".

Ms Latham will report directly to the Queen's communications secretary.

The change comes as former USA actress Meghan is due to give birth to her first child with the queen's grandson this Spring. After that, she was the senior advisor on Clinton's 2016 US presidential campaign. Last month, in Morocco, she and husband Prince Harry spent a day highlighting the efforts being made to encourage girls into - and stay in - education.

The pair seemed pleased to see each other and warmly embraced after they exchanged a cheerful greeting, Judi James claimed.

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