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The A team of high performing women who all want to promote their boss’s worldview

Vipers? No, there were loyal stars of Team Meghan: the A team, of high-performing women who all wanted to promote their boss’s worldview

The Duchess was surrounded by an 'A-team' of high-performing women who all wanted to promote their boss's worldview

The Duchess was surrounded by an ‘A-team’ of high-performing women who all wanted to promote their boss’s worldview

Jokes have been made about ‘The Vipers’ in the palace – courtiers who undermined Meghan and Harry at every turn. But the truth was, the Duchess was surrounded by an “A-team” of high-performing women who all wanted to promote their boss’s worldview. Sadly, they all lost their jobs in the end, as they either quit or found their roles redundant when the Sussexes left The Firm dramatically.

Melissa Touabti

The Duchess’s personal assistant quit in 2018 amid reports that she had been brought to tears. The French assistant played a key role in preparing for the wedding of Harry and Meghan in May 2018, but her departure just six months later was an early sign of tensions at the Sussex camp. Meghan would be deeply unhappy with the way publicly depicted the departure of Touabti, who previously worked for Robbie Williams.

Samantha Cohen

Cohen, the queen’s assistant private secretary, planned to leave Buckingham Palace in 2018, but agreed to help the Duchess of Sussex during her early months with the royal family.

Cohen, an Australian who joined Palace’s press service in 2001, was respected in royal circles. She left as the couple’s private secretary last year to work for the charity Cool Earth.

Ms. Pickerill was tipped to become Meghan's private secretary after Cohen before unexpectedly quitting as a key assistant last May

Ms. Pickerill was tipped to become Meghan's private secretary after Cohen before unexpectedly quitting as a key assistant last May

Ms. Pickerill was tipped to become Meghan’s private secretary after Cohen before unexpectedly quitting as a key assistant last May

Amy Pickerill

Ms. Pickerill was tipped to become Meghan’s private secretary after Cohen before unexpectedly quitting as a key assistant last May. The former Treasury press officer played a key role in Harry and Meghan’s tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in October 2018 – their first royal tour as a couple. Meghan described the loss of her assistant private secretary as “very sad,” and sources claimed the split was amicable.

Natalie Campbell

Ms. Campbell, a campaign for diversity, was the great appointment of Harry and Meghan to lead their beloved Sussex Royal charity.

She worked with Meghan on cookbook Together, which shone a light on the Hubb Kitchen, a group that came together to prepare fresh meals after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Poached by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation in August 2019, she worked for the Sussexes for less than a year before moving to a new job.

Ms. Campbell, a diversity campaign, was the great appointment of Harry and Meghan to lead their beloved Sussex Royal Charity Foundation

Ms. Campbell, a diversity campaign, was the great appointment of Harry and Meghan to lead their beloved Sussex Royal Charity Foundation

Ms. Campbell, a diversity campaign, was the great appointment of Harry and Meghan to lead their beloved Sussex Royal Charity Foundation

Katrina McKeever

Deputy Communications Secretary Katrina McKeever quietly left the Kensington Palace news agency in September 2018.

She had an important connection role with Meghan’s family, including her father Thomas Markle. In Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say that McKeever ‘left the Sussexes well’.

Fiona Mcilwham

Ms Mcilwham confirmed her job as the couple’s private secretary after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain’s youngest ambassadors ever.

She completed a strategic leadership course at the Royal College of Defense Studies last year and lives in a £ 1 million house in North London with husband Daniel Korski, a former senior assistant to David Cameron. Described as ‘the safest pair of hands you can get,’ she accompanied the pair on their tour of South Africa last fall, but then had to navigate the consequences of their decision to resign.

Ms Mcilwham confirmed her job as the couple's private secretary after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain's youngest ambassadors ever

Ms Mcilwham confirmed her job as the couple's private secretary after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain's youngest ambassadors ever

Ms Mcilwham confirmed her job as the couple’s private secretary after impressing them with her achievements as one of Britain’s youngest ambassadors ever

Heather Wong

Glamorous Mrs. Wong was the former deputy private secretary to Harry and Meghan. She was tasked with focusing on some of the couple’s best-loved initiatives.

She previously served with the Obama administration as an Assistant Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She now works for Harry’s new sustainable travel initiative, Travalyst.

Clara Loughran

33-year-old New Zealander first worked for the Cambridges, where she met her now husband, PR director Nick Loughran. She took on a key role as a Sussexes project manager, overseeing their charity projects and helping with their wedding plans. She lost her job when the couple left for a new life.

33-year-old New Zealander first worked for the Cambridges, where she met her now husband, PR director Nick Loughran

33-year-old New Zealander first worked for the Cambridges, where she met her now husband, PR director Nick Loughran

33-year-old New Zealander first worked for the Cambridges, where she met her now husband, PR director Nick Loughran

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