TheDaily Mail reported in November 2018 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lost three palace aides soon after their royal wedding, including their private secretary, Melissa Cohen. “Melissa is a hugely talented person,” a source said of Cohen. “She played a pivotal role in the success of the royal wedding and will be missed by everyone in the royal household.” Another palace aide quipped, “To lose one member of the household could happen to anyone. To lose three in a few months is starting to look like a stampede.” The most recent palace aide to leave the royal employ, known only as “Melissa,” reportedly only worked for the couple for a few months.
Markle’s former agent hinted that the former Suits actress may be the reason for the mass staff exodus, telling the Daily Mail that Markle is “picky,” adding, “Meghan likes to move on” from anyone who doesn’t share her “vision.” Sources also told The Sun that Markle, especially in comparison to fellow royal Kate Middleton, hasn’t been easy for the staff to work with. “Meghan can be difficult,” an insider alleged. “She has very high standards and is used to working in a Hollywood environment. However, there’s a different degree of respect in the royal household and Kate has always been very careful about how she has acted around staff.”