The Scotland Yard Inspector could become one in a growing list of senior staff members to leave the Duchess’ side in less than a year. A concerning trend is beginning to emerge after reports last month claimed Meghan had been nicknamed “Duchess Difficult” by palace staff because of her allegedly demanding personality. Her latest dropout was personal assistant Melissa Touabti who walked away from the position after just six months.
After 17 years of working with the Royal Family, Prince Harry and the Duchess’ private secretary, Samantha Cohen is also rumoured to be leaving the couple.
However, there is now speculation surrounding Meghan’s rumoured personality clash with the protection officer, according to the Sunday Times.
A source told the paper Meghan’s desire to be seen as “one of the people” has challenged her team.
They said: “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.
Meghan Markle’s bodyguard looks set to quit (Image: GETTY )
The bodyguard is said to struggle to accommodate Meghan’s wishes to be ‘one of the people’ (Image: GETTY )
“Even though she 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 bodyguard, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been described as “brilliant” by her fellow colleagues and is said to be moving away from her job in the Metropolitan Police.
Harry’s long-term head of security, Sergeant Bill Renshaw, retired last year after 30 years in the police force.
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Prince Harry’s bodyguard – who also looked after Kate – retired last year (Image: GETTY )
The bodyguard’s departure will be a huge loss to Meghan who is a prominent advocate for women’s rights and gender equality
She will play a significant role in the Meghan and Harry’s life and is already improving security at their new home, Frogmore Cottage, which the couple will move into this month.
After a visit to Fiji in October, the guard was forced to take action after a perceived security threat saw the pregnant Duchess put in potential danger.
The guard’s replacement is yet to be identified but with both Kate Middleton and Meghan preferring female protectors, it is likely the Met will follow suit.