Another one departs. It certainly seems like Meghan Markle is set to lose yet another palace aide of her team — the fourth one in as many months.
According to Daily Mail, Amy Pickerill, who served as the Duchess of Sussex’s assistant private secretary since last year, is set to exit from her position after the royal couple moves to Frogmore Cottage this month. “Amy is leaving,” a royal source confirms to the outlet. “It’s very sad for her colleagues, as she is a really popular member of staff.”
But Amy and the former actress, 37, are still on good terms and have a warm relationship according to a friend of Amy, who says, “She has agreed to stay on to help them with the birth of the baby and organize their new household, but will then move on.”
Some of Amy’s tasks included collecting cards and gifts that the Suits alum received during royal engagements, handling some of Meghan’s diary and preparing her briefs ahead of every engagement. It is believed that Amy will be leaving the palace and moving overseas altogether.
Melissa Touabti, a previous personal assistant of the duchess also quit late last year, and this January, private secretary Samantha Cohen turned in her letter of resignation in what a source called a “huge loss.” The insider told The Sunday 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.” Samantha, actually nicknamed “Samantha the Panther,” is an Aussie who spent 17 years working for the royal family and was one of Queen Elizabeth‘s most trusted aides.
Amy was handpicked to succeed Samantha, but now it looks as if the royal pair will have to look elsewhere now that she is moving on to other things.