Why Amy Pickerill, Meghan Markle's Top Royal Aide, Is Quitting Her Job With the Duchess

Meghan Markle's personal secretary, Amy Pickerill, is leaving her job with the royal family. Pickerill will reportedly stay on until after Meghan gives birth this spring.

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Meghan Markle's "right-hand woman," Amy Pickerill, is quitting her job with the royal family. This, for the record, isn't news. Reports that Pickerill was leaving her position with the royal family started circulating last fall. What is news is that we finally know why Pickerill decided to step down as Meghan's private secretary.

The details of Pickerill's exit from her gig with The Firm come courtesy of the Daily Mail's royal correspondent Rebecca English, who has a reputation for breaking royal news and generally knowing her sh*t when it comes to insider royal intel. 

In a series of tweets previewing a report in Saturday's Daily Mail, English revealed new details of Pickerill's exit strategy and the status of her relationship with Meghan.

"Royals in today’s #DailyMail - The Duchess of Sussex says her baby will be brought up a feminist regardless of gender and Amy Pickerill, her right-hand woman is to leave," English wrote in the first of four tweets on the subject. "It’s very amicable. Amy is moving abroad but has agreed to stay on to help following the birth of her baby."

Here's the rest of what English tweeted about Pickerill's decision to leave:

And here are English's tweets, if you prefer to read the hot goss firsthand:

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Kayleigh Roberts is the weekend editor at Marie Claire, covering celebrity and entertainment news, from actual royals like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Hollywood royalty, like Katie Holmes and Chrissy Teigen. She’s a Ravenclaw who would do great things in Slytherin. To learn more about her, google “Leslie Knope eating salad GIF.