Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s U.S. chief of staff, Catherine St-Laurent, will be vacating her current position for a higher one after less than a year she was tapped for the position, a recent report said.
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According to a PageSix report, St-Laurent has been promoted to a senior advisory position for Archewell, the couple’s nonprofit organization, “She will continue to bring high-level strategic guidance to Archewell, which she helped launch and build over the course of the past year,” a spokesperson said.
St-Laurent had previously worked as senior personnel in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, before joining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last April as their chief of staff as well as executive director of Archewell.
On Monday, it was announced that James Holt, Markle and Harry’s UK rep, was pronounced executive director of Archewell. Meanwhile, after hiring St-Laurent’s last year, the royals 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 a 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.”
The Sussexes have reportedly lost staff members in the UK including Meghan’s personal assistant Melissa Toubati and their senior communications officer Amy Pickerill, and even their private secretary Samantha Cohen.
The Times last month reported that allegations of bullying within the Sussexes’ former office at Kensington Palace had been reported to Buckingham Palace, although none of the alleged complainants has been named or has even come forward.
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Meghan Markle has denied the allegation which a spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex described as a “calculated smear campaign” to deflect from her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.