Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Are Apparently 'Breaking Up' With Prince William & Kate Middleton

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Is the band breaking up? Not long after we were all getting used to -- and loving -- the fab foursome that is Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, word is they're disbanding. According to the Sunday Times, which first broke the story last week, the Cambridges and Sussexes will likely break up their "court" in the spring after Meghan gives birth to her first child. 

What does it all mean?

  • Just as we were getting used to seeing Wills, Harry, Meg, and Kate double dating, it seems like it's coming to an end. Although we don't really like the idea of this, we've gotta say: We get it. 

    Being that William is going to be the Prince of Wales one day and then eventually the King of England, he has a significantly heftier workload ahead of him than his younger brother. Just as Prince Charles doesn't usually conduct royal business with his three siblings, Harry and William will represent different charities, organizations, and patronages. 

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  • Also, according to royal author Sally Bedell Smith, Harry and Meghan may want to make their own mark, independently of William and Kate, now that they're married. 

    "The arrival of Meghan has changed the dynamic of the relationship in a fairly significant way,” Smith told People. “It is inevitable and practical because it gives Harry and Meghan some freedom to build up their own collection of interests and charities."

  • Smith also said that, when it comes to causes, Meghan has serious opinions on where she wants to focus her attention. 

    “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 said. 

  • However, even though the fab four are going their separate ways, it doesn't mean they won't get the band back together now and again. 

    Not only will they still keep the Royal Foundation intact -- their umbrella organization for a number of their charities, including their mental health campaign -- the couples will also still make appearances together now and again. 

    "They have brought many charities working in the same sector together to empower them and lend their positions. But they will increasingly follow their own respective interests," Smith said.

    “Each of them will continue the very strong representative of the queen in carrying out tasks and assignments that she, and probably their father, wants them to do," she added. "They are going to be sharing in this diffusion of activities on behalf of the queen."

  • Phew! Talk about a relief.