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Harry made godfather to Zara’s daughter as he and Meghan attend christening

19 March 2019

But grandmom Queen Elizabeth and dad Prince Charles apparently nixed the idea.

According to the Sunday Times, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seeking "total royal freedom" when they requested to separate their household from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The source continued, "There is an institutional structure that doesn't allow that kind of independence".

The Queen has given permission for Harry and Meghan to base their office at Buckingham Palace, but it's understood that wasn't what they wanted.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Westminster Abbey after attending the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.

The report further suggests that the couple want to create a "Sussex brand" that would be a new style of work including humanitarianism and philanthropy, different from how the royal family has done things to this point. That reportedly wasn't always the plan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will certainly carve their own path out as the days go.

The Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter tells Yahoo UK: "Prince Philip called The Royal Family 'The Firm, ' so you can't go off and start creating your own establishment".

Last week it was confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would have their own separate royal household, breaking away from the joint office they now share with the Cambridges under Kensington Palace. "Windsor was the ideal fit for Harry and Meghan".

Now, even though their household won't be fully independent of Buckingham Palace, Meghan and Harry will get themselves a new household branched within the hierarchy - so, in other words, it's better than nothing!

A source tells ET that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who now reside at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, are "due to move into Frogmore Cottage, provided the renovation works are complete in the next few weeks".

Harry made godfather to Zara’s daughter as he and Meghan attend christening