Palace shock as Meghan’s clos­est aide quits job

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WORK­ING for the Duchess of Sus­sex must be one of the most glam­orous jobs, so how sur­pris­ing to dis­cover that she’s ap­par­ently strug­gling to hold on to key staff mem­bers.

I can dis­close that Meghan’s per­sonal as­sis­tant has quit sud­denly, just six months af­ter the Amer­i­can ac­tress mar­ried into the Royal Fam­ily.

‘ It’s a real shock,’ a source tells me.

‘Why would she want to leave such a pres­ti­gious job so soon?’

A Kens­ing­ton Palace spokesman de­clines to com­ment on the de­par­ture of the PA, whose name is given only as Melissa. How­ever, in a highly un­usual move, a Palace source has been au­tho­rised to pay trib­ute to her.

‘Melissa is a hugely tal­ented per­son,’ the source says. ‘She played a piv­otal role in the suc­cess of the Royal Wed­ding and will be missed by ev­ery­one in the Royal House­hold.’

Melissa had to deal with the trau­matic build-up to Meghan and Prince Harry’s wed­ding in May, in which the Duchess’s fa­ther, Thomas Markle, gave a run­ning com­men­tary to jour­nal­ists on the like­li­hood of his at­tend­ing the cer­e­mony. He de­cided not to come just five days be­fore the wed­ding, leav­ing Harry to ask Prince Charles to step in to the breach and walk Meghan up the aisle. Other mem­bers of Meghan’s fam­ily com­plained pub­licly that they had not been in­vited.

Royal bi­og­ra­pher Robert Job­son claims in his new book, Charles At Sev­enty, which was se­ri­alised in this news­pa­per, that Meghan’s wed­ding prepa­ra­tions were so stress­ful that Harry be­came ‘petu­lant and short- tem­pered’ with mem­bers of staff.

He writes: ‘Rais­ing his voice on oc­ca­sion, Harry would in­sist: “What Meghan wants, she gets.” ’

Meghan’s for­mer agent, Gina Nelthor­peCowne, de­scribed her be­fore the wed­ding as unique in her de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed. She said Meghan was ruth­less with her time, her at­ten­tion and her pri­or­i­ties. She was ‘picky’, not only when it came to her clothes but also her col­leagues, in­stantly dis­miss­ing those who didn’t share her ‘vi­sion’.

‘Meghan,’ said her for­mer agent, ‘likes to move on’.

Clearly her PA Melissa does, too.

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