Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s US chief of staff, Catherine St-Laurent, has quit after less than a year, Page Six is told.
St-Laurent, who held senior roles in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, moved over to work for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last April. As we first revealed, St-Laurent took the role of chief of staff as well as executive director of the couple’s nonprofit organization, now called Archewell.
Announcing St-Laurent’s hire, the Sussexes said: “We are proud to be joined by Catherine St-Laurent in this next chapter with us.
“Her leadership and proven track record working within two organizations that have tremendous impact in the world — the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and Pivotal Ventures make her an incredible asset and we’re excited to have her on our team.”
It’s not yet known why St-Laurent is leaving, but rumors abound James Holt, their UK rep, is coming to the US.
While in the UK, the Sussexes lost members of staff, including Markle’s personal assistant Melissa Toubati and their senior communications officer Amy Pickerill, alongside their private secretary Samantha Cohen.
The Times of London last month reported that complaints of alleged bullying within the Sussexes’ former office at Kensington Palace had been made to Buckingham Palace, though none of the complaining parties have been named. The palace’s human resources department is now looking into the allegations, which Markle has fiercely denied and called a “calculated smear campaign” to deflect from her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
A rep for the Sussexes was unavailable for comment. St-Laurent has been contacted.
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