Meghan Markle cried during a “bittersweet” goodbye to her royal staff as she left the UK for Canada yesterday, it has been reported.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, was left in tears after she and Prince Harry carried out their final engagement as senior royals on Monday.
They both attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey before making an emotional journey to Buckingham Palace.
And it was at the Palace, in a private room, where Meghan bid goodbye to their royal staff and “began to cry visibly”.
Royal expert Omid Scobie revealed: “(The) tears that the duchess had been bravely holding back are free to flow among familiar faces.
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“As she embraces some of the loyal staff she will most likely not see again, I can’t help but feel sad for the dedicated team members.”
Omid said it was heartbreaking to see the staff’s “tireless efforts to promote the couple’s work (and) launch landmark projects” come to “an abrupt end”.
Following the emotional farewell, Meghan then flew back home to her and Harry’s new home in Canada on Wednesday, it is reported.
The Duchess reportedly flew back to North America on Wednesday without Harry as she reunited with their 10-month-old son Archie.
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Harry, meanwhile, stayed behind in the UK to continue working to his longer notice, it is reported.
It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also bid an emotional goodbye to their aides in a farewell party last week.
They threw their axed staff a lunch at The Goring Hotel next to Buckingham Palace last Thursday, which apparently left some staff in tears.
Meghan and Harry had already done some “fun things” for their team previously, including throwing pizza parties and hiring ice cream trucks.
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But they reportedly wanted to do something “special” for their hardworking staff amid their last week of engagements.
A royal source told Page Six: “They toasted the team and thanked them for everything they have done. Some of the staffers cried.’”
They added: “Meghan and Harry really wanted to show their appreciation, they know how hard everyone has worked.”
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The Sussexes will officially step down as senior royals on March 31 as they move to Canada for a new, financially independent life.
They will give up their HRH titles and public funding, although they will retain their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, Berkshires.
The couple will divide their time between the US and UK, and are reportedly paying rent to retain their royal cottage as well as the £2.4million used to convert Frogmore.
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