Meghan and Harry axe staff from Frogmore Cottage as they prepare for Canada move

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have axed much of their staff from their Frogmore Cottage home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are letting staff go, according to reports.

At least two permanent employees – a house manager and a cleaner – are being moved to other duties within the Queen’s household.

Other members of staff used on an ad hoc basis have been told their services are no longer required at the couple’s Windsor residence, reports the Daily Mail.

A source told the paper that no one is being made redundant but they are being moved to other jobs within the royal faily.

Earlier this week Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend time in Canada as they begin a "new life" and stop working as full-time royals.

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The duke and duchess shocked the world last week with the announcement that they intend to "step back" as senior royals and plan to balance their time between the UK and North America.

The Queen, Harry’s 93-year-old grandmother, was said to be particularly hurt by their decision.

They say they will base themselves at their Frogmore Cottage home on the Windsor Estate when in the UK and Buckingham Palace confirmed they would spend time in Canada during a "transition period" as they become independent.

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The former actress has spent time living and working in Toronto while filming US legal drama Suits and has friends there, and Harry is believed to have flown to the city to spend time with his new girlfriend as their relationship blossomed.

Back in December 2016, Harry reportedly made a 1,700-mile (2,736km) detour to see the actress at her home in Toronto, said to have been a two-storey townhouse, following a tour of the Caribbean.

In their engagement interview, Meghan said: "We never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long distance relationship. So it's… we made it work."

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The biggest sticking points with Megxit are reported to be the couple’s desire to earn their own living and how far they should be allowed to ‘commercialise’ their roles.

It's also unclear what 'royal duties' will be expected of them.

The source told the Mail: "The workers are already being offered other roles at Buckingham Palace.

"There is a skeleton staff there all the time, consisting of one cleaner and a house manager. Others work as and when needed.

"This has all come as a bit of shock. They took great pride in working for them and being at Frogmore."

Frogmore was previously five separate staff cottages but was knocked into one larger residence, controversially using £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money.

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