“It’s a real shock, why would she want to leave such a prestigious job so soon?” the royal insider said of Meghan’s personal assistant, known only as Melissa.
“To lose one member of the household could happen to anyone. To lose three in a few months is starting to look like a stampede.”
Melissa is the second palace staffer to leave and though Kensington Palace declined to comment officially, a royal insider was given permission to express their sorrows.
“[Melissa] played a pivotal role in the success of the royal wedding and will be missed by everyone in the royal household.”
Prior to Melissa’s departure, Harry’s private secretary and palace employee of 15 years, Edward Lane Fox, stepped down from his role in March after five years with the prince.
It was then announced that the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen, was taking up the job until they found a suitable replacement.
Now, it has been rumoured that 49-year-old Cohen – who accompanied Meghan and Harry on their tour Down Under in October – is also getting ready to leave. An employee of the royal household for two decades, Cohen is said to be one of the Queen’s “most trusted” staffers.
The series of resignations came after recent reports that in the lead-up to their May nuptials, Meghan was not averse to the odd tantrum.
Friend of the duchess and her former talent manager, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, has previously said that the new royal became merciless before the wedding, dismissing those who did not agree with her views.
In addition, the Queen is reported to have had stern words with Harry, after the former actress was outraged when she was unable to wear the tiara of her choice.
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