'Fab four' speak out after another staff member quits

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s been a tumultuous few months for the Cambridges and Sussexes, with rumours swirling of a rift between the formerly named ‘Fab Four’.

The situation wasn’t helped when five of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s aides quit their roles within months of the royal wedding, and the Duchess of Sussex was reportedly branded ‘Duchess Difficult’ by palace staff.

Now, the CEO of Prince Harry and Prince William’s joint charity, the Royal Foundation, has quit.

The CEO of The Royal Foundation, which was set up by Prince Harry and Prince William, has quit. Photo: Getty Images

Lorraine Heggessey has spearheaded the charity for the past two years but has now stepped down, just days after the Sussexes cut ties with the Royal Foundation, making it the main charity for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"Lorraine has played an integral role in our charitable initiatives over the last two and a half years," a statement released by the Cambridges began.

"We are very grateful for her hard work and support, and wish her the very best for the future. We are pleased that Jason has been appointed as CEO and very much look forward to working with him in his new role."

Harry and Meghan also released their own statement about Lorraine.

"It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Lorraine over the past couple of years, to champion the causes that we feel so strongly about, and we wish her well for the next stage of her career,” they said.

It comes just days after Meghan and Harry announced that their new charity will be called Sussex Royal, the same name as their Instagram account.

Mass exodus at the palace

While Wills and Kate have retained their staff over the past few months, It’s been a tough time for Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace.

The royal couple lost five palace aides in quick succession, with Meghan’s bodyguard quitting in January, just a month after she lost her private secretary Samantha Cohen, while Harry lost his ‘right hand man’ Edward Lane Fox, just before the couple’s May wedding.

It comes as the Sussexes announced they were splitting with The Royal Foundation. Photo: Getty Images

At the beginning of March last year, it was revealed that Amy Pickerill, who was appointed assistant private secretary for Meghan in January 2017, had resigned from her post.

Meghan’s personal assistant, Melissa, resigned towards the end of 2018 with a source telling the Daily Mail, it was a “real shock”.

‘Diva demands’

Back in January, it was reported that staff were reportedly growing tired of Meghan’s ‘diva demands’.

It came after she reportedly ordered St George’s chapel to be filled with air fresheners before her May wedding, due to its ‘musty odour’ and ‘bombarded’ aides with texts after her daily routine of waking up at 5am.

The 'Fab Four' have been plagued by rift rumours over the past few months. Photo: Getty Images

An alleged royal insider claimed the Duchess of Sussex messages aides up to seven times a day with ideas about her role, and is so enthusiastic that she’s been organising a number of ‘undercover’ missions to meet members of the British public who are associated with ‘good causes’.

It’s even been reported that the ‘royal feud’ between Meghan and Kate all started because the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t like the way Meghan spoke to members of her staff in the lead up to her and Harry’s May wedding.

However, it’s since been claimed that the tensions between the ‘Fab Four’ have more to do with animosity between William and Harry rather than Meghan and Kate.

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