Kate Middleton Quietly Promotes Her Longtime Stylist "As a Reward for Her Loyalty"

As the Princess's responsibilities change during her cancer treatment, her team is shifting as well.

Kate Middleton in 2023 wearing a white coat and a white top styled by Natasha Archer
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While Kate Middleton has stepped back from public-facing royal duties to undergo cancer treatment in privacy, her team is transforming behind the scenes.

The Princess of Wales quietly promoted her longtime stylist, Natasha Archer, to the role of "senior private executive assistant." MailOnline was first to report the shift in Middleton's inner circle.

Archer has worked for Princess Kate since 2007, when she was hired as a personal assistant. Over time, her role expanded to encompass a responsibility the entire world could see: dressing one of the most recognizable people on the planet for her public appearances. Archer's promotion "has been interpreted in Royal circles as a reward for her loyalty," the Mail says.

Kate Middleton wearing an all blue outfit styled by Natasha Archer

For her final public appearance in 2023, Kate Middleton wore a blue Alexander McQueen coat and coordinating fascinator by Juliette millinery.

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Loyalty and trust are the cornerstones of any strong stylist-client (and friend) relationship. From Law Roach and Zendaya to Jamie Mizrahi and Meghan Markle, stylists fine-tune the way their employers or clients communicate without saying a word. When millions of people are going to see an outfit, they're going to extract meaning from it; these stylists choose pieces that can tell the right story for the right moment.

The styling stakes were more heightened in Natasha Archer's case. Over more than a decade of working with Kate Middleton, Archer has shaped Middleton's visual language for representing the monarchy at every level of event and engagement. Together, they established Kate as a polished and elegant dresser, favoring British designers like Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, and Erdem for formal engagements. Most of their work together has unfolded behind closed doors, letting their work do the talking when it's photographed. Other than a few sightings of Archer on the tarmac for royal visits, she isn't often photographed with the Princess.

Natasha Archer walks off a plane with an assistant

Natasha Archer, left, has worked for Princess Kate Middleton since 2007.

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The logic follows that Archer has also been responsible for boosting several designers' and independent brands' profiles by incorporating them into Princess Kate's wardrobe. Labels from affordable luxury handbag brand Strathberry to the gothic chic Vampire's Wife were popularized by placements in the royal's outfits for walkabout tours, holiday services, and official state visits.

The shape and scope of Archer's new role has not yet been publicized. (In fact, her title change was only discovered after the Mail's reporter found it on LinkedIn, the business networking platform.) All a royal source has shared for now is that, "Natasha deserves this boost—she's unfailingly discreet and loyal to Kate."

Archer and Princess Kate have been "inseparable" since the royal's cancer diagnosis, and she has even accompanied Kate to and from treatment appointments.

Kate Middleton wearing a purple suit styled by Natasha Archer

Kate Middleton and Natasha Archer are not commonly photographed together, but they have been "inseparable" per reports from Tatler.

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Princess Kate made her last in-person appearance for a Christmas Day service in 2023. Months later, the royal shared she was stepping back from her formal duties in light of her cancer diagnosis.

As Kate has privately undergone treatment, royal watchers have wondered when and if she will appear in public again. Some sources claimed she would make a surprise balcony visit to June 15's annual Trooping the Colour festivities, but those reports have since been debunked.

For now, Princess Kate, the recently promoted Archer, and the rest of her team are reportedly preparing for her return to royal life after she completes her cancer treatments. Together, they are "reevaluating what she’s going to be able to take on when she comes back," a source said last week. “She may never come back in the role that people saw her in before.”

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.