It looks like Meghan Markle will soon run out of stock when it comes to her personal staff.
The pregnant Duchess of Sussex is currently facing losing a crucial member of her Kensington Palace staff for the second time since her wedding to Prince Harry.
According to a recent update, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interim private secretary, Samantha "The Panther" Cohen, has wished to not make her job permanent. She further "has let it be known that she intends to leave after Meghan's baby is born next spring."
The same report also claims that Cohen will start helping the couple find a suitable replacement for her from the beginning of the new year. Her departure comes on the heels of various news reports that claim Meghan is a "difficult" boss to work for.
As usual, Kensington Palace had no immediate comments on Cohen's exit news, just like they have refrained from commenting on most negative reports about the duchess. Fifty-year-old Cohen, who is from Australia, has worked for the royal family for 17 years and was Queen Elizabeth II's assistant private secretary.
She announced her resignation from that post last summer, but later, she accepted a temporary job working for Meghan and Harry. Her duties towards the royal couple involved helping the now-duchess transition into royal life. Although she joined the post for a period of six months, Meghan had hoped to keep her on permanently.
"Sam will be a huge loss," a source close to the pregnant Duchess said. "Going forward, Meghan might need someone cut from a slightly different cloth to traditional courtiers, who is not a career civil servant or royal insider."
This is the second person to leave the Duchess' royal staff after it was previously reported that Meghan's personal assistant, Melissa Touabti, quit her job just six months into the role. Though a Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment, a palace source, unusually authorized to speak on the matter, said the royal's aide “is a hugely talented person” who “played a pivotal role in the success of the royal wedding” on May 19.
This too was blamed on the Duchess' difficult behavior with her staff, with an insider claiming that Meghan typically starts her day at 5 am and messages staffers with ideas and requests about six or seven times a day. "Meghan needs someone with reserves of energy and patience to help her define her future role," the source told the media outlet.