Duchess Meghan’s Bodyguard Quits After Just 6 Months

Angelo Anderson
January 14, 2019

Her personal assistant, Melissa Touabti, left Kensington Palace a year ago after just six months.

Norfolk is a two hour drive from London, where pregnant Meghan was busy doing a charity visit last week, and three hours from the Cotswolds, where she and Harry are renting a farm home - so distance may have played a part in their absence.

The bodyguard, who is thought to hold the rank of inspector, had replaced Sgt Bill Renshaw, Harry's long-standing head of security, who retired after more than 30 years in the force.

The couple's Australian private secretary Samantha Cohen was the first to jump ship when she announced she was going in November.

She is understood to be leaving the Metropolitan Police for reasons unconnected to the duke and duchess or their household, and is said to be highly regarded. It's a real shame as she was a great addition to the team and hugely liked. Everyone was very sad at the news.

"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 told The Sunday Times.


But despite Meghan being due to give birth to her and Harry's birthday in March or April, she and Harry are showing no signs of slowing down as they take on more engagements.

Royal commentators say that Kate Middleton celebrated her birthday without sister-in-law Meghan Markle.

Touabti was said to have been tasked with dealing with "the Markle debacle" ahead of the royal wedding, in which Meghan's father Thomas Markle staged photos with the paparazzi and then backed out of the wedding just days before.

"Even though she was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely".

In October, she was with the couple on a Pacific tour when she helped rush the duchess out of a solo visit to a market in Fiji, cutting it short because of the crowds and sweltering conditions.

During the Duke and Duchess's visit, they spoke with workers and met with women to hear about their experiences.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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