ReportPregnant Meghan Markle Loses Yet Another Palace Aide As Private Secretary Quits
Another one bites the dust. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has lost the fourth member of her royal staff in a matter of months — assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill, who was pegged to take over the role when their private secretary Samantha Cohen leaves her post later this year.
Multiple outlets have reported that the Pickerill will leave after the pregnant duchess and her husband, Prince Harry, make the move to their new residence at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this month.
An insider told Entertainment Tonight that Pickerill is “a popular member of staff” and she is leaving on “amicable” terms. And a friend of the palace aide’s revealed to the Daily Mail that Pickerill “has agreed to stay on to help them with the birth of the baby and organize their new household but then will move on.” We bet the royals definitely appreciate that, as Meg’s due date is said to be sometime in April or early May. It’s coming up!
Pickerill was reportedly tapped to take over for Cohen, who is set to leave Kensington Palace later this year. Despite reports that Meg has been “difficult” to work with and thus is having a hard time holding onto her staff, Cohen’s exit proved the opposite. The secretary’s departure was actually expected, as she only sign on to work with the Sussexes for six months.
The announcement of Cohen’s departure came on the heels of the resignation of the duchess’ personal assistant, Melissa Toubati, who quit her post after only six months on the royal job.
Meg and Harry also recently saw their personal bodyguard leave her post in January, though that was another amicable exit. “The decision to leave was personal and no reflection on her time working with Meghan, who she liked working with,” an insider told Us Weekly at the time of her departure. “She will be missed.”