Meghan Markle's Personal Assistant Has Reportedly Quit After Six Months on the Job

Meghan Markle's personal assistant has reportedly quit after six months of working for the new royal. The assistant reportedly played a key role in helping plan the royal wedding.

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Being a royal isn't an easy job—and apparently, neither is working for one. Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) personal assistant has reportedly quit her post suddenly after just six months on the job.

In his column Eden Confidential for the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), Richard Eden revealed that Meghan's (opens in new tab) personal assistant, identified only as "Melissa," quit the coveted gig unexpectedly. Unless Melissa is a code name, Meghan's private assistant secretary, Amy Pickerill (opens in new tab), who was appointed in February, should still be on duty, meaning the Duchess of Sussex isn't left with no help. 

"It’s a real shock," a source reportedly told the Daily Mail of Melissa the Assistant's departure. "Why would she want to leave such a prestigious job so soon?"

Apparently, Melissa the Assistant was very well-liked among the royal family and Palace staff. She's also said to have played a big part in planning Prince Harry and Meghan's highly-anticipated royal wedding (opens in new tab) in May.

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

So just what was that "pivotal" role in wedding planning? According to Eden, it sounds like Melissa was on Thomas Markle damage control duty (opens in new tab) leading up to the big day.

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Per Eden for the Daily Mail (opens in new tab): "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."

Anyone who has followed Meghan's rise through the royal ranks knows that her family drama has been a pretty big deal for the duchess. Her father, Thomas, courted controversy ahead of her wedding when he was revealed to have staged paparazzi photos (opens in new tab) that appeared to show him preparing to visit her for the big day. He then skipped the wedding entirely (opens in new tab) and gave a series of tell-all interviews (opens in new tab) in the weeks that followed. Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle (opens in new tab), has also been quoted in the media disparaging Meghan for not doing more to include her father's side of the family in her wedding.

Assuming these rumors are true, it seems like there's an opening in the Office of All Things Meghan Markle and we need to know how to apply for the job.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.