There are rumors swirling from inside Kensington Palace. Unfortunately, they are not flattering. As it is being reported, Meghan Markle, the recently-appointed Duchess of Sussex, has lost yet another personal assistant, and there are some people online who are wondering if there's trouble brewing between Prince Harry and Prince William -- notably as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to introduce their first child into the royal family. Here's what we know about the situation.
As it was reported by The Sunday Times, Samantha Cohen, the private secretary for Meghan Markle, intends to leave the position once the baby is delivered. This is the second time Markle has lost an assistant, and it causing some people out of Kensington Palace to wonder if there's something concerning happening. It also doesn't help that there are rumors suggesting that Prince Harry and Prince William are currently at odds with one another. There are suggestions made that the family is becoming fractured with the introduction of Meghan Markle to the proceedings -- with William and Harry reportedly at odds about Markle's suitability.
Samantha Cohen's leave from the royal family is certainly surprising since she has worked closely with the British monarchy for nearly two decades. First as assistant private secretary and then as a press secretary, Cohen has well-established herself inside the royal family. Nicknamed Samantha the Panther, she appears to be tough willed. That's what makes the rumors suggesting her impending leave of absence troubling. What might've caused her to call it quits this time? Of course, it could be something completely unrelated to Meghan Markle and the royal family in general. But the rumor mill believes she's leaving thanks to Markle.
The impending leave of Samantha Cohen comes shortly after assistant Melissa Touabti quit her job after six months time. According to rumors, Meghan Markle would leave Touabti in tears due to the Duchess of Sussex's behavior. She is reportedly known to be a "demanding" boss, according to The Daily Beast. It is not out-of-the-question for Markle to, say, start making requests and demands -- via e-mail and otherwise -- as early as 5 A.M. There have been concerns raised.
This is not the first time that Meghan Markle has been rumored-to-be at odds (or, at least, at the center of great controversy) with members of the royal family. As it was reported just last week, there were claims being made and thrown about that Markle and Middleton were not idly getting along.
In fact, there were claims being made around the press circuits and on social media that there was perhaps some sort of backstage rivalry going on between them, with some believing that it was getting uglier. But those pesky rumors were seemingly put to rest whenever Kate Middleton spoke warmly and kindly about her sister-in-law during a press outing.
The Kensington Palace likes to keep things under wraps as much as possible, particularly when it comes to potential problems inside the Palace. There will be no official reports coming out from them regarding these rumored troubles, but that's only causing people to speculate more about what is happening with the royal family at the moment. For now, all we have are rumors and hearsay to report on, but if we hear anything more official in the days to come, we'll keep you posted.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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