Palace Insiders Open Up About The Reason Meghan’s Assistants Keep Resigning

Published on 08/13/2020
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Palace Insiders Open Up About The Reason Meghan's Assistants Keep Resigning

Palace Insiders Open Up About The Reason Meghan’s Assistants Keep Resigning

A lot of staff members in the palace think of themselves as lucky to get the chance to work alongside the royal family. However, that isn’t always the case when it comes to the former Duchess of Sussex. It seems like insiders have started talking about why Meghan’s assistants keep quitting and leaving her to fend for herself.

Being At The Top

A lot of members have made their way into the royal family. It looks like Meghan Markle is one who took the world by storm since she’d made her grand entrance in May 2018. In fact, she had one of the biggest royal weddings in history when she walked down the aisle with Prince Harry. She’s been enjoying her time at the top ever since, but that’s not all that’s happened.

Being At The Top

Being At The Top

Currently, Meghan is also pregnant with the latest addition to the royal family. She’s set to welcome the new baby any day now. While many have their eyes on Meghan since her time in Hollywood, it looks like the world has been paying closer attention since her merge with the royals. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to stick around – especially her personal assistants.

Across The Ocean

Since Harry has always been seen as the bachelor of the family, it felt like he would never find anyone to settle down with. Soon enough, all the parties he went to began earning a reputation. That is until the Prince met Meghan. Their love story is a fairytale one many have dreamt of over the years. However, could it really be too good to be true? Fans from all over the world fell for Meghan thanks to her time on the political drama series, Suits. That wasn’t all, however.

Across The Ocean

Across The Ocean

The Duchess had been married and divorced once in the past. This seems to be against the grain of the British royal family. After all, Meghan was an American actress. She was so different from all the other royals. Would she be able to change her ways to make herself fit into the family? It wasn’t long before the world found out.

High Demands

There has been no shortage of stories featuring the royal family. Despite the fact that they live very secretive lives, rumors still manage to make their way out of the palace and to the public. No one can keep quiet about all the things that go on within the palace walls, apparently. One of the many, many rumors that made their way out is, of course, about Meghan. The new Duchess has been said to be one of the most demanding bosses.

High Demands

High Demands

Naturally, as soon as this news spread, it wasn’t long before people all over the world started doing some digging into the matter. A lot of palace insiders spoke up about the way Meghan will send 5 am emails and messages to ensure that everyone has their tasks for the day as well as making sure everyone meets her high standards. Many wanted to ignore these rumors, but one personal assistant was going to change people’s minds.

Too Far

Becoming part of the British royal family meant that there was a whole lot of new information for Meghan to learn. Luckily, she had a skilled personal assistant to help her out: Melissa Toubati. The professional had already worked for people like Robbie Williams and his family. This meant that she was used to keeping up with high demands. However, it looks like no one was a match for Meghan.

Too Far

Too Far

Melissa worked alongside the Duchess of Sussex for only six months before she quit. What was it that pushed her to do it? Melissa was very much involved with planning the wedding and even carrying out all kinds of tasks. It’s been said that these jobs are what pushed her over the edge. Meghan was said to have pushed too many of Melissa’s buttons until it was enough for the PA and she walked out the door after just six months with the family.

Overwhelming

Lots of people would jump at the chance to work for the royal family, and it looks like Melissa was no exception to the rule. While her time with Hollywood stars was a huge honor in itself, working with the royals would take her career to the next level. At least, that’s what she thought. Melissa was said to be excited to work alongside Meghan and was prepared for anything coming at her.

Overwhelming

Overwhelming

That is until Melissa learned that the job she applied for wasn’t quite what she imagined it to be. The Mirror reported that a source talked about how Melissa “put up with quite a lot” while working at the palace. Oftentimes, she would be left in tears by the end of her shift. Since Melissa had left her role at Kensignton palace, she hadn’t worked for any member of the royal family.

Another One

Samantha Cohen – otherwise known as Samantha the Panther – has worked for the royals for an impressive 17 years now. It looked like she would be the most perfect candidate to take over Melissa’s role.

Another One

Another One

Samantha has a strong work ethic and extensive knowledge. Both of which should be enough to allow her to keep up with all of Meghan’s demands – in theory. In reality, it’s been reported by The Sunday Times that Samantha is the next personal assistant who was set to leave after the birth of the royal baby in Spring 2019.

Many Roles

So, who was behind it all? We found out that Samantha Cohen had a variety of rolled since she first joined the royal family all those years ago. In addition to acting as Queen Elizabeth II’s press spokeswoman, she’s worked as her private secretary as well.

Many Roles

Many Roles

All her time behind the scenes means that Samantha has a huge amount of knowledge about the royals. While she has since switched roles again to be the chief of staff and the private secretary for Meghan and Harry, she didn’t seem to have long before leaving.

Temporary Role

It looks like Samantha’s exit is not as it seems. The private secretary knew how her role wouldn’t last forever when she had first taken the job. Apparently, she was drafted to help the new couple integrate into the family.

Temporary Role

Temporary Role

All the same, Samantha now feels like she had fulfilled her duties and knows that welcoming the new royal baby will be the perfect time to leave. Will it really be the right time to say goodbye to all those years of dedication to the royals?

Meant To Be

This might be difficult to believe, but sources have stated that Samantha was always set to leave the royal family. She just made use of her chance to help Meghan as the final opportunity to show off her expert skills before leaving for good in Spring 2019.

Meant To Be

Meant To Be

Palace sources have claimed that Samantha will be a “huge loss” for the staff working alongside the family. While everyone knew Samantha was leaving, they didn’t know Melissa would be leaving as well. A lot of them wonder how the next assistant will deal with the high demands of the job.

Demanding Groom

Things began heating up for Harry and Meghan before they even walked down the aisle. A royal biographer named Robert Johnson said that it wasn’t all down to Meghan. In fact, he thinks Harry is just as guilty of making too many demands.

Demanding Groom

Demanding Groom

Robert has said that Harry was “petulant and short-tempered” for days before the wedding. Apparently, he even demanded that Meghan gets what she wants. The couple might have had trouble coping with all the pressure, but it seems like they weren’t the only ones.

A Huge Favor

One of the many people who came into the firing line during the wedding planning was Melissa. It looks like she had quite the task to do in order to arrange the big day. What was her role? She had to control the situation between Meghan and her father.

A Huge Favor

A Huge Favor

Reports have surfaced around Thomas Markle and his relationship with his daughter. Not to mention, staged pictures of a suit fitting. Apparently, Melissa was the one left to take care of all the damage control on the situation while everyone wondered whether Thomas would attend the event.

Princess-Worthy

It wasn’t only family troubles that overshadowed the big day for the royals. It turns out that a tiara was the major cause of an argument within the family. In fact, this argument left a lot of people wondering about their time with the royal family. It turns out that Meghan’s tiara wasn’t the first choice.

Princess Worthy

Princess Worthy

Reports have said that the Duchess wanted to be covered in emeralds, but the Queen didn’t allow it to happen since they couldn’t trace the origin of the jewels. Apparently, Harry was so upset that his grandmother had to step in and defuse the situation.

Close Ally

Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, a former agent and friend of Meghan’s, was another person who spoke about the bride and her wedding. Soon, Gina confirmed the rumors and admitted that Megha was picky and specific when it came to her wedding details, no matter the cost.

Close Ally

Close Ally

However, Gina still said that Meghan is “delightful, warm, personable” despite all the negative rumors about her demanding ways. Unfortunately, it seems that her list of priorities soon overshadowed the kindness lying underneath seeing as Melissa couldn’t take the heat of the role anymore.

Breaking Rules

A lengthy list of demands that made sure everyone was ready to go from the crack of dawn. Surely, that was everything on Meghan’s list? It turns out there was more. It has been said that the Duchess also is known to break some royal rules along the way.

Breaking Rules

Breaking Rules

One of the most significant rules Meghan has chosen to ignore since becoming a royal is her wardrobe. Reports have stated that Meghan has been instructed to stop dressing as if she’s still an actress and to find a new wardrobe fit for a royal.

A Lot Of History

While Meghan’s time in the royal family has been filled with rumors and drama, it looks like she’s continued to settle into her new life. Can she truly keep up with the likes of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana after all that’s happened?

A Lot Of History

A Lot Of History

She might have large shoes to fill, but it seems as though Meghan is more than willing to give it her all. Unfortunately, the star’s past has made its way into headlines and has left many people wondering if all those stories were true.

Planned Out

A long time before she made it onto our screens, it looks like Meghan had an entirely different plan up her sleeve. The actress rose to fame thanks to her starring role in the drama series, Suits. Could she really have ever wanted more? A specific photo had people wondering.

Planned Out

Planned Out

Meghan had traveled to visit Buckingham Palace on a school trip when she was a teen. Many people state this was the moment she began planning her path to make sure she marries Prince Harry and became part of the royal family.

Rumors Stick Around

Almost as soon as the world found out about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, rumors began spreading like wildfire. Normally, a lot of stories surface with wedding announcements. A lot of fans thought this was just another way to make money.

Rumors Stick Around

Rumors Stick Around

All the same, the media continued on their path to show how Meghan wasn’t always as honest as she seemed. The thought clearly stuck with many, and her royal aides leaving her just joined the reasons people had something against Meghan.

New Lifestyle

A lot of people might have to adjust to a new life as one of the most famous families in the world. However, it looks like Meghan was able to fit in with ease. Luckily, her time in Hollywood prepared her for all the attention she’d be getting as a royal.

New Lifestyle

New Lifestyle

All the same, there was something specific that Meghan had never expected: her role as a Duchess came along with many rules to follow. Meghan now had someone to answer to and couldn’t do what she wanted whenever she wanted to.

Clearing The Air

Surely, all the royal rules can’t be all that difficult to follow, right? It turns out that they really are. Meghan was in for a surprise when she learned about everything she couldn’t do anymore. Not to mention, all the wedding plans she had to give up in the process. It didn’t take long for sources to tell the world about it.

Clearing The Air

Clearing The Air

It turns out that Meghan wanted to use air fresheners to get some of the musty smell out of St. George’s Church before her wedding, but was immediately refused. It’s been thought that those weren’t the news Meghan wanted to hear.

Feuding

It isn’t just the royal staff that’s felt the brunt of the Duchess in the build-up to the big day. It turns out that a lot of new family members came into the line of fire as well. A lot of them have spoken about Meghan and Kate’s relationship. Or rather, the lack of one.

Feuding

Feuding

It looks like the two sisters-in-law are able to stay civil in public, but many have spoken about how that isn’t always the case behind closed doors. People seem to hope that these rumors aren’t true and that there won’t be a rift among the family.

The Beginning

One event specifically that was the defining point in Meghan and Kate’s relationship seemed to be when Kate was busy with her daughter at her bridesmaids dress fitting for Meghan’s wedding. While there, she was busy with Princess Charlotte.

The Beginning

The Beginning

All the same, Meghan’s apparent demands were enough to have Kate leave the room in tears. Kensington Palace has since denied that this ever happened. Yet, many insiders have stated that this is true. It looks like no one knows the truth about that day.

Staff Team

It seems that everyone who’s part of the royal family is gifted with their own team od staff who will be there to do everything they might need. Still, the team often gets the chance to talk to someone else when they’re not needed at the moment.

Staff Team

Staff Team

It was when one of the staff members supposedly saw Meghan and Kate come to blows yet again. It’s pretty said that Meghan spoke to Kate’s staff in a way that wasn’t appreciated by the Duchess of Cambridge. It didn’t take long for Kate to stand up for the member of her team.

Leaving Behind

It turns out that it wasn’t just Meghan’s total aides who’ve been leaving the palace over the last few months. Harry has seen some of his team leave as well, apparently. Harry’s private secretary, Ed Lane Fox, left his role of five years in April 2018.

Leaving Behind

Leaving Behind

It’s been said that Ed was the one who helped Harry out of plenty of negative situations over the years and even helped Meghan slide into her new role as a royal. No one knows the reason he left, but it looks like the two men are as close as ever. Ed was a guest at the royal wedding.

A Lot Of Reasons

All the members of staff leaving the palace has had people wondering if working for Harry and Meghan was all it’s been said to be. After all, why would so many people be quitting since the two have become a royal couple?

A Lot Of Reasons

A Lot Of Reasons

As a matter of fact, there seem to be many reasons people might want to leave their role in the royal family. It’s been said that there are many rules for staff and most positions come with a rather low paycheck at the end of the month.

Not The Only One

Incredibly enough, it’s not just Meghan who’s caused a stir by entering the royal family. You read that right: Kate was seriously questioned as well when she and Prince William got married. In fact, the Duchess had two members of staff leave just days after she arrived.

Not The Only One

Not The Only One

Her gardener and housekeeper – a married couple – quit after it’s been said that Kate wanted to do a lot of the household tasks on her own. This apparently stood on a few people’s toes as Kate busied herself with a new list of jobs.

Grounded

Lots of people have notices that Kate does her best to make sure that her life is as normal as it can be. After all, the Duchess did come from a typical family that didn’t have the luxury of an entire staff to take care of them and their home. This is something that has stuck with Kate to this day.

Grounded

Grounded

Some people believe that Kate wants to be sure that she’s the one who’s taking care of her family. Others think that she’s simply trying to keep her life as private as possible. Whatever it may be, it was definitely enough for Kate’s head housekeeper to walk out the door.

Wanting To Help

Meghan apparently brought a whole new lease of energy to the royals and wanted to make sure everyone kept up with her demands. However, her serious work ethic might have been part of the problem that seemed to rock the boat for many people.

Wanting To Help

Wanting To Help

A lot of the team members spent years working with the family. So, they weren’t used to early morning messages from the royals. All that energy seemed to be too much for a lot of the staff and unlike anything they have had to deal with up to that point.

Even More

While Melissa’s exit from the royal family took many people by surprise, she wasn’t the only one who decided to leave their roles. In fact, six members of the staff all handed their resignation as soon as Meghan and Harry walked down the aisle.

Even More

Even More

Some of the team members that left were the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s personal secretary, the Queen’s media secretary, and the royal director of communications. It looks like working at the palace might have been more up in the air than ever.

Chance To Begin

All those people leaving meant that there was an opening or two within the palace. A lot of staff members states that working with the family is a huge honor and that the royals are warm and kind. However, there are still many rules that have to be followed.

Chance To Begin

Chance To Begin

If you want to apply for a role in Kensignton Palace, you need to have some serious knowledge on the royal family. Not to mention, you’d have to have the desire to meet them. All this is even before you begin applying to a role in the Palace.

Not Easy

There are plenty of reasons for staff members to come and go from the royal family. However, a lot of people forget that working in the Palace might not be as simple as it seems to be. There are more than enough responsibilities that come with the role.

Not Easy

Not Easy

Most of the royal staff has to make sure they’re ready for anything at all hours of the day while some are working long hours to ensure everything is perfect. Some state that they can start work at 7:30 am and not be done until 11 pm that same day.

Rigorous Interview

However, that’s not all. Anyone who wants to work inside the palace will also need to make sure they’re ready for this job. Some of the requirements are to simply be polite, have good etiquette, and to be educated. That is, before having to make it through an intense interview.

Rigorous Interview

Rigorous Interview

That’s when the royal family will consider anyone for a role within their team. Luckily, the pay can be more than most people imagine. A lot of staff members look back with some very fond memories. However, that might not be the case for all of Meghan’s personal assistants.

Staying Safe

A royal assistant is responsible for a lot of different aspects of a royal’s life. While they aren’t the ones in charge of keeping the royal safe, it is something that will still cross their mind often whenever they are out in public spaces.

Staying Safe

Staying Safe

There are often huge crows, after all, and the royals are some of the most famous faces in the whole world. This means that they can sometimes go above and beyond their role since they want to make sure everyone is kept safe at any given time.

Dream Job

Whether people enjoy their time with the royals or they leave the role in tears, it looks like working alongside the royals is still something that many, many people have dreamt about their entire lives. In fact, it seems to be a rather popular dream in Britain.

Dream Job

Dream Job

Many have wanted to make their way inside the palace and have worked hard to make sure they’d get there. In addition, the experiences enjoyed with the royal family and the opportunities they might come across can be incredible at times. Maybe it’s not so bad after all?

Just Like Normal People

While they often seem like they are in a league of their own, the royal family are all made up of normal human beings. That’s right. Just like us, they have both good and bad days, they have their own priorities. Some even make mistakes along the way.

Just Like Normal People

Just Like Normal People

This also means that the chemistry isn’t always there for everyone. While some royal staff members haven’t always worked out, there are always more people who want to step into the role as soon as it’s available.

Nickname

Due to Meghan’s alleged issues since becoming part of the royal family, she’s been nicknamed Duchess Difficult. Ouch. This is thanks to her apparently high demands, bossy attitude, and very strict rules. People have deemed her hard to work with and for.

Nickname

Nickname

When all is said and done, maybe Meghan is simply trying to prove that she has what it takes to be part of the royal family. Maybe she feels the need to prove that she’s in charge. It is a new role for her, after all, and it can be very intimidating trying to accustom to it. Naturally, this can lead to being stressed and acting out.

Boss Problems

Realistically, everyone has most likely had one problem with their boss at work at some point or another. It’s part of life. Whether it’s a disagreement, an attitude issue, or simply a lack of chemistry, we’ve all been there.

Boss Problems

Boss Problems

Due to this fact, we can understand what it’s like to have a difficult boss and how hard it can be to work with them, let alone maintain office morale. With that said, we can’t just get up and quit at any moment we have a disagreement with our boss. It turns out that you can when you work for the royal family.

How Bad Is It?

While it very much looks like working for the royal family is demanding and even complicated at times, we still wonder just how bad it can actually get. You still get to hang out with the royals all day long.

How Bad Is It

How Bad Is It

However, it seems like getting emails in the early morning, dealing with constant expectations and demands, and having all eyes on you can become to be too much after a while. It wasn’t easy to see all these staff members leave, but we can’t really blame them.

Switch Things Up

Whatever the reasons are for all these royal staff members leaving, there are several things to still keep in mind. While it’s most likely rather difficult for these people to make the decision to leave, it’s also likely not easy for so many changes to be happening within palace employees.

Switch Things Up

Switch Things Up

Things like this can lead to a feeling of instability and chaos. Luckily, it seems like the family has gotten used to these kinds of changes and are most likely handling it just fine. After all, this is their normal life.

Getting Replacements

One of the obvious benefits of change is that Meghan can probably find the best possible replacements that will be most suited for her, meet her needs and her requirements. If she really does have such high demands, she’ll be able to find someone who could handle it all.

Getting Replacements

Getting Replacements

No matter who comes and goes out of the palace, one thing is for sure: they should probably begin finalizing things soon since the baby is on the way. Meghan will have plenty of other things to worry about once the baby arrives.

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