Alleged feud between Meghan and Kate reportedly led to sudden firing of longtime staffer

The alleged fracture within the royal family is leading to external consequences, according to a new report.

Insiders speaking to the Daily Mail claim that one of Kate Middleton's longtime staffers suddenly found herself unemployed just after returning from her honeymoon,  and her unexpected layoff was a result of the growing separation between the Cambridges and the Sussexes.

Aide Sophie Agnew was by Kate's side for more than seven years — so close that she frequently appeared in the background of Kate's paparazzi photos — and was reportedly caught totally off-guard by the announcement: "Sophie worked so hard for Kate," a friend told the outlet. "She loved her job and made a lot of sacrifices."

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WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge rides on a tractor and trailer with Mary Berry, during a visit to the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes a speech during a visit to the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets a young child as she attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry (R) attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry (R) attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry (R) attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Mary Berry (R) and children attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Mary Berry (R) and children attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry (L) attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry (R) attend the "Back to Nature" festival at RHS Garden Wisley on September 10, 2019 in Woking, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 'Back To Nature' Festival at RHS Garden Wisley, in Woking, Surrey on September 10, 2019. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sophie's job apparently became unnecessary after it became clear that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to draw more separation between themselves and Prince William and Kate: "Her role has been made redundant as a results of the split of the two households," a senior-level source confirmed to the Daily Mail, adding, "She will not be replaced."

But to those close to Sophie, the decision seems bizarre: "Everyone's been really shocked because it was so unexpected," one insider said. "It seems like extreme cost-cutting.

The individual added, "She will not be replaced."

Sophie, 32, is the second of Kate's staffers to exit her post soon after getting married. In 2017, Kate's private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, tied the knot and suddenly quit.

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WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince George of Cambridge attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge runs after her son Prince Louis, at the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince George of Cambridge attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie watched the Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie as they the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis attend the Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie watched the Duchess of Cambridge as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex holding her son Archie as they attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club, Wokingham, Berkshire.
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WOKINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor attend The King Power Royal Charity Polo Day at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
WOKINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge attend the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match, in which Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex were competing for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy at Billingbear Polo Club on July 10, 2019 in Wokingham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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