In the wake of several unsubstantiated claims that Meghan (née Markle), Duchess of Sussex, is a demanding person who doesn’t get along with her staff, it’s easy to think that the latest reports of staffing changes for Meghan prove these claims to be true. However, Meghan’s assistant private secretary, Amy Pickerill, resigning from her post after Meghan and Prince Harry’s is born isn’t as dramatic as you might think — or is it? Let’s take a look into the how’s and why’s of Meghan losing her third assistant private secretary to see if there’s really any drama here.
Pickerill will reportedly also help Meghan and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, through the transition of their upcoming move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor. Pickerill is the third member of Meghan and Harry’s staff to depart in recent months, but her resignation was reportedly planned some time ago, even before Meghan learned of her pregnancy.
“Amy will be leaving but has agreed to stay on to help following the birth of the baby,” a source told NBC news, noting that Pickerill’s personal and official support has been integral for Meghan over the last year. “She and Meghan are very close and it’s all very amicable. She has been with her since she moved from Canada and she will remain as a personal adviser to her in the long term.”
Pickerill’s departure marks yet another major change for Meghan and Harry, who are expecting their first child sometime in April. In addition to moving to Frogmore Cottage, Harry and his brother, Prince William, are parting ways professionally as Harry and Meghan begin working more in-depth on their own projects and causes.
Earlier this year, Meghan became the royal patron for four important causes and on International Women’s Day, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. With so much on her plate, we hope she’s able to hire a new assistant personal secretary soon if only to help her balance everything as Pickerell transitions out of her current position and Meghan and Harry transition into the exciting first months of parenthood.