Duchess of Sussex loses third key aide in just months

Steve Bird
The Duchess of Sussex with Amy Pickerill at Edinburgh Castle in February 2018 - UK Press

The Duchess of Sussex’s assistant private secretary is to leave her job after just one year in the post.

Amy Pickerill has been the “right hand woman” to Meghan after being handpicked to work for her and then officially appointed in February last year.

She has played a major role in helping Meghan adjust to royal life, including helping her organise her charity projects, including the cookbook the Duchess published to raise money for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

While it has been claimed that some key staff have given up their role working with the Duchess of Sussex amid claims she was difficult to work for, it is understood Ms Pickerill’s departure is on good terms.

The Duchess of Sussex pictured after a panel discussion on International Women's Day Credit:  PA

It is believed she will stay on in her role until after the duchess has given birth, allowing her time to help introduce her replacement to the role.

Her departure means three of the main women working for Meghan have left in the space of just months. The duchess’s PA, Melissa Touabti, quit less than six months after the American married Prince Harry.

It is understood Ms Pickerill plans to travel abroad after leaving her post.

The former Kensington Palace press secretary, was given the job three months before Princess Harry and Meghan Markle were due to marry in May last year.

Ms Pickerill was photographed picking up the duchess-to-be’s mother, Doria, at Heathrow airport shortly before the wedding in May.

She had been working for the royals, helping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry with their engagements since late 2016.