The Sussexes Have Hired Melinda Gates's Top Staffer to Run Their Charity

Planning for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new philanthropic venture seems to be underway.

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have selected Catherine St-Laurent as the chief of staff for their upcoming charity venture, set to be announced later this year.
  • St-Laurent was previously a director at Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates's women- and family-focused foundation.
  • The news of the hire follows the Sussexes recent relocation to Los Angeles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are actively planning their post-royal life.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made a major hire for their in-the-works charity venture. Reportedly, Meghan and Harry have hired Catherine St-Laurent, a top staffer from Melinda Gates's Pivotal Ventures organization, to oversee and run their upcoming charitable foundation.

In an email obtained seen by, St-Laurent announces her exit from Pivotal Ventures and shares that she will be joining Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's team to help spearhead their philanthropic projects.

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"Beginning next week I will be acting as Chief of Staff and Executive Director of the new non-profit enterprise for Meghan M and Harry," St-Laurent reportedly wrote in the email. "They are embarking on a new chapter themselves and I am thrilled to be able to play a supporting role in realizing their vision and enabling them to achieve impact on the issues that matter most to them."

The news of the Sussexes' top hire follows confirmation that the royal couple have officially relocated to Meghan's home state of California. People reported that the pair are currently staying in a secluded compound in Los Angeles with their young son Archie, staying safe amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The move precedes the couple's official transition away from royal life, beginning March 31st.

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Bianca Betancourt is the Culture Editor at where she covers all things film, TV, music, and of course, Royal Family ongoings. When she's not writing she loves impulsively baking a batch of cookies, re-listening to the same early 2000s pop playlist and stalking Mariah Carey's Twitter feed.