Harry and William to 'split their staff in an effort to ease tension' between them and their wives
- It is the key split will be in their communications team, sources say
- At present, US PR guru Jason Knauf, 37, advised both couples on media relations It's rumored Knauf will now concentrate on Prince William and Kate
- It's thought that his deputy, Christian Jones, will be left to focus on the Sussexes
Ian Gallagher For The Mail On Sunday
Prince William and Prince Harry are expected to divide their households into the next few weeks to help ease tensions between them and their lives.
Courtiers have also suggested that the ending of their 'double act' and the creation of Separate courts reflects their changing responsibilities.
It is the key split that will be in their communications team. In recent months, the Palace has struggled to hold a timely or negative Meghan headlines, with aides to be frustrated that their advice would occasionally fall on deaf ears.
Foremost among the troubling stories was the supposedly frouding between the Duchess and her sister-in-law Kate. Meghan has been accused of reducing Kate to tears at a bridesmaid dress fitting before the Royal Wedding.
And it was claimed that Meghan – who is expecting her first child in April or May – was dictatorial towards Palace staff, earning her the nickname Duchess Difficult
Strains were also said to exist between the brothers themselves. It is hoped that no longer working so closely these tensions will evaporate. At present, 37-year-old US PR guru Jason Knauf advises both couples on media relations.
Last night, he denied that he will now only concentrate on William and Kate, leaving his deputy, Christian Jones, who was pictured leaving a restaurant with Meghan last week, on focus on the Sussexes
It's rumored US PR guru Jason Knauf – who currently advises both couples – will now solely deal with William and Kate
dismayed by the recent controversy about a US magazine interview in which Meghan's closest friends 'set the record straight' over her troubled relationship with her father Thomas Markle.
Their interview – thought to have been tacitly approved b y the Duchess – was considered a PR own goal and, as this newspaper revealed last week, prompted Mr. Markle to release a devastating handwritten letter from his daughter.
Mr Knauf is not considered to have known about the article until shortly before publication . He joined the Palace in 2015 as William, Kate and Harry's communications secretary. He was head of media relations at RBS.
It was felt Meghan had adopted a high-risk strategy in apparently sanctioning her friends' interview. Comparisons were made to the way Princess Diana kept her closest in the dark over her incendiary Panorama interview in 1995 which led to the resignation of her principal.
Mr Markle last week described the letter from Meghan as being not the 'olive branch 'he hoped for but a' dagger to the heart '.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will shortly move from Kensington Palace in London to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate.
William and Harry first broke away from Prince Charles's court at Clarence House in 2009, creating their own private office, originally based at St James's Palace. But courtiers say that now William has his own family – and Harry and Meghan are expecting – they need separate teams to help them forge their own styles.
It is clearly hoped that a part of the ways will also end the perceived rivalry between the two couples
The move would see his deputy, Christian Jones, focus on the Sussexes (pictured last October in Australia)
As well as her rift with Kate, there were claims Meghan rowed with Buckingham Palace staff over the tiara she was lent by the Queen for her wedding. And she was critical of the 'musty' smell in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
A string of aides having quit working for the Duchess recently and, last month, Meghan's armed Scotland bodyguard announced she too was quitting . A royal source of any personality clash with Meghan
However, it was reported that the desire of the actress was seen as "one of the people" has presented challenges to her protection team.
Meghan's personal assistant Melissa Touabti departed Kensington Palace last year after six months in the role.
In addition, Harry and Meghan's private secretary Samantha Cohen is set to leave after 17 years with the Royal Family, although her role with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is on a temporary basis.