Thank heaven the monarchy doesn’t have a Glassdoor
page, because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
just can’t seem to hold onto employees.
The couple have reportedly gone through three
nannies — and counting — within just five
months since baby Archie was born, and before
that, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had already
developed a reputation for a revolving door
The first to go was reportedly Prince Harry’s
“right hand man” in April 2018, Edward Lane
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s senior communications
secretary, Katrina McKeever, resigned in September
McKeever, according to the Daily Mail, served
as a liaison for Duchess Meghan’s family,
and if you know anything about certain members
of that crowd, she probably didn’t have an
“Samantha has been quoted in the British tabloids
as calling her sister ‘narcissistic and selfish.'”
“Those were never words that I used.”
Next was Duchess Meghan’s personal assistant,
Melissa Touabti, who resigned in November
2018 after working for the Duchess for just
A source told the Mirror that Touabti couldn’t
stand the pressures that came with working
for the former Suits actress, explaining,
“Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it
ended up with her in tears.
She is hugely talented and played a pivotal
role in the success of the royal wedding.
She’ll be missed by everyone in the household.”
In the same month, the Sun reported that Queen
Elizabeth II warned Prince Harry and Duchess
Meghan about the newly minted royal’s conduct,
with insiders alleging that Duchess Meghan
couldn’t drop her high Hollywood standards
and adjust well to royal life.
Considering her biggest role was on a basic
cable drama shot in Toronto, you may want
to take that with a heaping grain of salt
“It is always something, It’s always some
secret, or some story, or some lie …”
The issues at the time reportedly revolved
around which tiara Duchess Meghan would wear
for the royal wedding, with a source revealing,
“Meghan can be difficult.
She has very high standards and is used to
working in a Hollywood environment.
However, there’s a different degree of respect
in the royal household and Kate [Middleton]
has always been very careful about how she
has acted around staff.”
Biographer Robert Jobson alleged in his book
Charles At Seventy that Prince Harry and Duchess
Meghan’s wedding in May 2018 put a major strain
on most royal staff, going beyond tiffs about
One insider said in the book that Harry got
“petulant” with staff, telling them, quote,
“What Meghan wants, she gets.”
Another defended the Duchess, saying,
“She is simply not afraid to express her opinion.
While many find her a little pushy there are
many in the royal household who have quickly
taken to her.”
The Sun also reported that tensions were so
high leading up to the royal wedding that
Kate Middleton snapped at Duchess Meghan for
allegedly berating her staff, though Kensington
Palace later denied the claim.
In late 2018, the tabloid rumor mill ahead
of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding
was turning at such a pace that outlets like
the Daily Mail attributed things like her
being “an early riser” and texting staff multiple
times a day as problematic behavior.
These descriptions of Meghan, dubious as they
were, bred monikers like “Duchess Difficult”
and “Me Gain,” according to Express.
During this period, the Sunday Times reported
that Samantha “The Panther” Cohen, the couple’s
interim private secretary, made it known that
“interim” was the key word in her employment
and that she was leaving her post after the
birth of Harry and Meghan’s baby in spring
According to the outlet, Duchess Meghan had
wanted Cohen, who previously served as Queen
Elizabeth II’s personal secretary, to stay
A source close to the Duchess told the outlet,
“Sam will be a huge loss.
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 needs someone with reserves of energy
and patience to help her define her future
Still, more exits came.
In January 2019, People revealed that Duchess
Meghan’s bodyguard resigned after less than
a year on the job, a move that reportedly
“gutted” the Duchess.
In March 2019, Harper’s Bazaar additionally
reported that Duchess Meghan’s assistant private
secretary, Amy Pickerill, resigned, but that
their parting was an amicable one.
It’s important to note, however, that it seems
like no one stateside ever appeared to complain
about Duchess Meghan’s alleged diva ways,
and it’s also unclear who the unnamed sources
calling the Duchess of Sussex “difficult”
Royal expert Omid Scobie told Us Weekly that
Duchess Meghan’s American background may have
provided some issues with her alleged tone.
Scobie says that there are cultural differences
at play more than an attitude problem, saying,
“I’m sure there are people in the royal household
who don’t agree with some things that she
does or with her delivery.
Americans are direct when it comes to business,
and Brits are reserved.
So of course some things can be misread at
Indeed, another royal expert, Victoria Arbiter,
told Express that rumors of Meghan being difficult
to work with stemmed from, quote, “absolutely
Citing the drama surrounding Samantha Cohen’s
exit, Arbiter pointed out that the secretary
was never meant to work with the House of
Sussex in the long term from the very beginning
of their agreement.
Of course, there’s allegedly another big reason
why Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s staff
are leaving, and it’s a pretty simple one:
It’s a tough gig that doesn’t pay well.
Dickie Arbiter, who worked as a press secretary
for Queen Elizabeth II for 12 years, explained
to Global News that working for a young royal
family is essentially a recipe for burnout.
Plus, there’s better money to be found elsewhere.
He told the outlet,
“We work to earn good money and the private
sector is a lot more lucrative.”
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