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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Three Close Palace Aides Quit

Updated on February 26, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

In just six months since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married on May 19, 2018, three of their close palace aides have quit.

It is not unusual for people to leave their jobs, but Kensington Palace has had not commented on the reason the senior royal staffers quit their high-profile jobs that some people would love to have. No reason was given for any of the resignations.

Personal Assistant Melissa

The latest staffer to quit working for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is known only by Melissa. She was Meghan Markle’s personal assistant, and she reportedly resigned suddenly.

The Daily Mail reported that It shocked the other employees when Melissa quit such an important job so soon. She was good at her job, and everyone thought Melissa loved working for the Duchess during the last six months.

It is unclear about the exact number of personal assistants the Duchess of Sussex has, but everyone said Melissa seemed to have been important to the palace and to Meghan. She was assigned to Meghan before the wedding last May. In fact, she was very helpful to Meghan when she was planning her wedding and dealing with her father's situation just days before her marriage.

Private Secretary Samantha Cohen

More information has been revealed about private secretary Samantha Cohen than about Melissa. The Daily Mail reported that the personal secretary is resigning and leaving the royal family after 20 years.

The 49-year-old worked for Queen Elizabeth as a trusted staffer before she started working for Meghan. She was the one who gave Meghan a six-month crash course about royal protocol. Cohen left Buckingham Palace in May and moved into Kensington Palace where the newlyweds reside.

Cohen made the transition from working in the Buckingham Press Office to being a trusted private secretary for Queen Elizabeth. Then she was hand-picked and highly recommended to be Meghan's private secretary.

Prince Harry's Assistant Edward Lane Fox

Edward Lane Fox was formerly Prince Harry’s private assistant. He quit last summer after 5 years of being there for the Duke of Sussex.

In March 2018, just a month after Prince Harry's private assistant quit Prince William’s private assistant, Miguel Head also announced his resignation. He worked more than a decade assisting and advising the second in line to the throne of England.

It is beginning to look suspicious that three employees left in such a short period of time. One employee leaving would not have caused too much concern, but three staffers leaving in six months is beginning to make people wonder why the sudden departures.

Kensington Palace has declined to comment on any of the resignations. Rumors have swirled that Prince Harry is very protective of his wife and has said to the staff, "What Meghan wants, she gets."

Now that Meghan is pregnant, Prince Harry is even more protective of her. They are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019.

Others Resignations

So far, this article has been about the three employees of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who announced their resignations. However, there have been other shocking departures from the palace this year.

Queen Elizabeth's royal director of communications, Sally Osman, announced earlier this year that she will leave the Palace in 2019. The Times reported that Steve Kingstone, Queen Elizabeth’s media secretary, left for a job as the communications director of the international confederation Oxfam GB. The Queen's private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt also resigned after ten years on his assignment.

According to Hello Magazine, Mark Leishman, who worked as Prince Charles and Camilla’s private secretary resigned last summer after working for them for 14 years. Sir Christopher Geidt quit in July 2017 after 15 years working for the British monarch.

Prestigious Jobs

It really is not unusual for people to leave their jobs. Employees do it all the time, and it doesn't make the news. Almost everything that concerns the royal family makes the news.

There will probably be news when replacements are made for those vacant prestigious jobs. That is just the way it is with the royal family.

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