With a wedding to Prince Harry right around the corner — T-minus 12 weeks and counting! — Meghan Markle‘s life is kicking into high gear. Luckily, Kensington Palace has called in reinforcements. Meet Amy Pickerill, Meghan’s new royal aide. The palace confirmed in a statement that she is an “Assistant Private Secretary in Prince Harry’s office [who] will be working on Meghan Markle’s programme.” So who is Amy Pickerill, anyway?
For one, Amy’s a 2007 graduate of the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England, according to her LinkedIn profile. Afterward, she attended City, University of London in pursuit of a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism. (And no, we don’t understand the comma in that school’s name either.)
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With that education under her belt, Amy became a press secretary for Her Majesty’s Treasury in London. After that, she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, moved to NYC to work at Ogilvy Public Relations, and returned to the Royal Bank of Scotland once more.
Then came Amy’s royal appointment. In September 2016, Amy began working as the senior communications officer for Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. And now she’s Meghan’s right-hand woman. When the engaged couple visited Edinburgh, Scotland, in February, Amy was right by Meghan’s side, toting gifts from well-wishing common folk. According to the Daily Mail, Amy handles Meghan’s “official diary” (i.e. her day-to-day schedule) as well as her official correspondence. The British news outlet also suspects Amy is additionally the one organizing Meghan’s visits to various UK charities as the former actress gets acquainted with the nonprofit sector.
Want to work alongside Amy? The royal family is hiring! A recently posted LinkedIn job listing advertises the open position of Communications Assistant for the Royal Household. If you’re hired, your responsibilities will include coverage of state visits, award ceremonies, royal engagements, and “set-piece Palace engagements including investitures and garden parties.” Plus, you’ll “travel in the UK or overseas to support important visits and engagements.” We imagine you might even get an invitation to Meghan and Harry’s wedding on May 19, so you’d better get your fascinator at the ready!