The Sussexes

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex appoint a new Private Secretary


© JACKIE DERBYSHIRE 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have appointed a new Private Secretary to head up their household.

According to The Mail on Sunday, Harry & Meghan have hired well respected diplomat Fiona Mcilwham to lead their office.

Ms Mcilwham was formerly the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Albania, having worked her way up through the diplomatic service.

The 45-year-old aide replaces Samantha Cohen who is leaving the position of Private Secretary later this year.

Ms Cohen will remain with Harry & Meghan until after their tour of South Africa next month.

Before moving to the Sussex office, Ms Cohen Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen. She was only supposed to work for the Duke & Duchess of Sussex for a few months, but agreed to stay on for an additional period due to her good relationship with Meghan as she was introduced to royal life.

Harry & Meghan’s new Private Secretary will join an existing team at Buckingham Palace who are working for the royal couple.

Sara Latham, a key figure in the 2016 Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, was appointed as the couple’s Communications Secretary in the spring.

This followed their split from Kensington Palace where the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are based.

The Sussex Family’s split from the Cambridges means that each couple can focus on their own ventures.

In a statement, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said at the time: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year. The Household, which will be created with the support of The Queen and The Prince of Wales, will be established in the spring.”