The Duchess of Sussex has a little more breathing room.
It is being reported that Meghan Markle’s bodyguard has left the position after just six months with the former “Suits” actress.
A report from Daily Mail says the top female officer — the first woman to ever work as a key security officer for the Royals — is leaving Scotland Yard. The unnamed officer was responsible for protecting Markle, and occasionally Prince Harry, during public events like their recent tour of Australia.
The news comes soon after the departure of Markle’s personal assistant Mellisa Touabti. There is also speculation that private secretary Samantha Cohen is wrapping things up after 17 years with the Royal Family.
“Unlike someone who has grown up in the Royal Family and has been used to having close protection from an early age, it can be constraining,” a source reportedly told the outlet. “Even though [Meghan] was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely.”
“But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team, and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her,” the source added. There was reportedly no conflict between the security officer and Markle, but it is said to be difficult to accommodate the Duchess’ requests to be seen as “one of the people.”
News of the officer’s departure comes at a time when the Duchess is shaking off her rumoured reputation of being difficult to work with.