Just months after it was announced Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were losing some of their top aides at Kensington Palace, it’s been reported that the Duchess’ bodyguard is also quitting.
The bodyguard, who can’t be named for security reasons, was pictured alongside the royal couple when they visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October.
She was the one who safely evacuated the former Suits actress from the packed Suva markets in Fiji when crowds became overwhelming.
According to The Sunday Times, the bodyguard, who is reportedly resigning from Scotland Yard, found it difficult to deal with Meghan’s desire to be seen as ‘one of the people’.
“Unlike someone who has grown up in the Royal Family and has been used to close protection from an early age, having it can be quite constraining,” a source told the publication.
“Even though she was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely.
“But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her.”
Her bodyguard’s abrupt departure comes just weeks after it was revealed that the Duchess of Sussex’s personal secretary has decided to leave their staff-force, according to The Times.
Australian, Samantha Cohen, who has worked for the family for 17 years, reportedly handed in her resignation, just weeks after Meghan’s personal assistant Melissa, walked out.
50-year-old Samantha, who attended the couple’s May 19th wedding, used to work closely with the Queen and is said to have been one of her ‘most trusted’ aides.
Samantha reportedly was tasked with teaching the new Duchess all about royal etiquette.
“Sam will be a huge loss,” a source told The Times.
“Going forward, Meghan might need someone cut from a slightly different cloth to traditional courtiers, who is not a career civil servant or royal insider.”
Meghan has reportedly “ripped up the rule book” when it comes to traditions in the royal family.
This includes ‘bombarding’ aides with texts after her daily routine of waking up at 5am, according to the Mail on Sunday.
An alleged royal insider claims she 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’.
Those two resignations followed on from that of Edward Lane Fox who was essentially Harry’s “right-hand man,” before his recent departure after 15 years in the role.
According to an insider it’s starting to become an alarming trend that isn’t reflecting too well on the royal couple.
“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, a source told the Daily Mail.
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