Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are slowly carving their own court in the royal family following their split from Prince William and Kate Middleton.

But despite the royal couple’s global popularity – particularly Markle’s huge following – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be careful not to eclipse Kate Middleton and Prince William.

In the article she wrote for Vanity Fair, royal expert Katie Nicholl said that Prince Harry and Markle want to be roving royals and they also want to be international.

“With the recent creation of a new household for the Sussexes, which will be independent of the Cambridges' court at Kensington Palace, the future roles of all four royals are being mapped out in the corridors of power. While William is preparing to succeed his father, Prince Charles, as the next Prince of Wales, and eventually to become King with Kate as his Queen consort, Harry and Meghan are establishing their own court under the umbrella of the Queen’s household at Buckingham Palace,” she said.

Prince Harry and Markle’s operation requires a delicate hand and courtiers are also aware of the royal couple’s popularity. But they have been advised to not eclipse the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge because they are further down the pecking order.

There have also been attempts within the palace to make sure that Prince Harry and Markle’s household won’t seem as though they are competing with the Cambridge household. The move was made after it was announced that the royal siblings have decided to split.

Nicholl said that the palace is trying their best to fix the royal couples’ schedules especially since they will both be embarking on an overseas tour this autumn. Prince William and Middleton will head to Pakistan, while Prince Harry, Markle, and Archie will visit South Africa.

The royal expert also said that the main point for splitting the household is to avoid conflict and competition. And to ensure that the couples can’t be pitted against each other.

Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton
Pictured [L-R]: The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of Sussex, Duchess of Sussex and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Westminster Abbey to attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice on Nov. 11, 2018 in central London. Paul Grover/AFP/Getty Images