Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be eyeing up a new charity office in a former BBC building, a source has told The Sun on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in January and completed their final engagements in the UK last week.
Despite them starting a new life in the US and Canada, the couple have allegedly been on the lookout for a new UK base when they leave their Buckingham Palace offices at the end of the month.
They are said to have chosen a space at the former BBC Television Centre in White City, where ITV now films some of its programmes.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be eyeing up a new charity office in a former BBC building, a source has claimed
The area in particular is run by co-working space Soho Works, a venture started up by Soho House – the hotel and private members club.
The operation advertises itself as a ‘workspace for creative thinkers’, with a global community made up of Soho House members and ‘people from creative industries who work and collaborate together in spaces that are designed to inspire’.
One of the couple’s close friends, Markus Anderson, of Peterborough, Ontario, is a consultant for the elite club brand Soho House and is said to have introduced Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35.
Markus is so close to the former actress that she refers to him as uncle to her beloved dogs.
The Sussexes enjoyed one of their first dates in London at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse, and Meghan is thought to have held her hen party at the chain’s Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton, Oxon.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London, are said to have chosen a space at the former BBC Television Centre in White City, where ITV now films some of its programmes
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Television Centre in west London. The centre, in London’s White City area, opened on 29 June 1960 but closed its doors in March 2013 (pictured) and was sold off for office space and residential flats
Travalyst, Harry’s sustainable travel group, already operates out of offices in the old BBC building.
A source told The Sun on Sunday that the offices seem like a ‘perfect choice’ for the couple given their well-known links to the chain.
Facilities at Soho Works
- Loft for private events
- Podcast recording equipment
- Private phone booths
- Screening rooms
- Members’ kitchen
- Bookable meeting rooms
- Break-out spaces
- Lockable storage
- Courier delivery service
‘It would give them the privacy to do their charitable work but also a space with a bit of buzz,’ they told the publication.
‘They would be able to get in and out without anyone noticing, with three exits and a drop-off point. It’s a no-brainer for them to put their charity there.
‘Although the family has moved to Canada they still fully intend to maintain charitable activities here and felt it was vital to find a home for a new office in London.’
The secure centre, which has card access-only doorways as well as a large, apartment-style loft with a separate library, lounge, meeting rooms and reception room for private functions, also features podcast recording equipment.
Femail has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
Travalyst, Harry’s sustainable travel group, already operates out of offices in the old BBC building (pictured)
A source said the Soho Works offices seem like a ‘perfect choice’ for the couple given their well-known links to the chain
From March 31, the monarch’s grandson and American former actress Meghan will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new private life continuing to support charities close to their heart as they become financially independent.
Yesterday it was reported Harry and Meghan have accepted an invitation from the Queen to join her at Balmoral this summer – and they could bring son Archie along for the first time.
The Sussexes are also expected to spend time with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Birkhall, Charles’s retreat on the Balmoral estate, according to Roya Nikkhah writing in The Sunday Times.