Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's top Aussie aide resigns

Meghan and Harry will lose their close personal aide Samantha Cohen

They may currently be on a six-week break, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have accepted the resignation of their top aide.

Australian, Samantha Cohen, 51, handed in her notice as private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in October.

The resignation is just one more in a year that saw the pair’s household hemorrhage staffers.

Meghan and Harry saw four close palace aides resign within months of their royal wedding last year, and this year the household reportedly churned through as many as three nannies in six weeks.

Samantha Cohen, who handed her notice into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in October, will be joining an eco-charity. Image: Getty Images

Samatha is said to be leaving on good terms, embarking on a new role at an eco-charity dedicated to reducing carbon emissions, according to the Daily Mail.

New beginnings

The staff member has taken a new job at Cool Earth, an organisation that aims to halt tropical deforestation.

One of the charity’s partners is the Royal Commonwealth Society, so it is likely Samantha - as a new co-chair of the board of trustees - will cross paths with the royal family in the future.

She has worked for Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, since the departure of predecessor Edward Lane Fox in 2018, and recently accompanied them on their Africa royal tour.

The aide was also pictured with the duchess for her first engagement with the Queen shortly after her wedding.

She was pictured with Meghan during her first public engagement with the Queen after getting married in 2018 [Image: Getty]

She announced last year that she would be leaving after the birth of Archie, who arrived in May.

A statement on the organisation’s website, from trustee Mark Ellingham, read: “Cool Earth is delighted to welcome Samantha Cohen, former advisor to the Royal Household, as co-chair of its Board of Trustees.

“Samantha’s distinguished career ranges from working for the Australian Government to the Royal Household, where she was Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen from 2011-2018, and Head of Royal Communications prior to this.

"As she reaches the end of her most recent role as Private Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Samantha joins Cool Earth with a wealth of professional experience and a personal passion for protecting the world’s forests.

The mum-of-three, originally from Australia, has worked for the royal family for 17 years.

Her appointment comes as Harry and Meghan were heavily criticised earlier this year for taking private jets, which are said by experts to be less environmentally-friendly than commercial planes.

However, others have come to their defence, indicating their preference is for security reasons.

“Let’s be clear, all members of the Royal Family use private jets, they all use helicopters... they have got to get around and they have got to get around safely as well,” said Chris Ship, ITV’s royal editor to Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’.

“We don’t understand what it’s like being on a plane and people snapping you, taking pictures of you.“

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