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Royal aide to Meghan quits

2019-03-11 11:52
 
Duchess Meghan and Amy Pickerell

Cape Town - Meghan is losing her third aide just three months since her last assistant quit.

The Duchess of Sussex’s assistant private secretary, Amy Pickerell, who was appointed last year, will be leaving her position at Kensington Palace shortly after the birth of the royal baby in April, The Sun reports.

Amy is reportedly moving abroad but will help Meghan and Harry settle in at the Frogmore royal residence this month.

"Amy is leaving after the arrival of the baby," a Kensington Palace source told Harper’s Bazaar.

"The duchess will be very sad to see her go, but is excited for her as Amy has exciting plans ahead including spending some time abroad.

"Amy had originally planned on staying until at least the end of the year, but with the baby coming it makes sense to recruit someone now who can pick up when the duchess returns to her official work.

"They will definitely stay in touch and Amy will be on hand for any advice and help that’s needed in the future."

The news comes only three months after another of Meghan’s aides, Samantha Cohen, said she was leaving after the birth of the baby, according to News.com.

In December a royal insider told US Weekly that Samantha isn’t leaving because of animosity between her and Meghan. 

"She’s not leaving because of any drama with Meghan," the insider said.

"She agreed to stay for six months to help post-wedding and because Meghan and Harry were hoping a baby would come soon after that and knew they needed extra help.

"Samantha has a lot of respect for Harry and Meghan and enjoyed working for them. But her time is now up."

Sources: The Sun, News.com, US Weekly, Harpers Bazaar

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