Meghan Markle will have a crash course in ‘how to be a royal’ with advice from the Queen’s special adviser, according to reports.
The new Duchess of Sussex will be assisted by Samantha Cohen, 49, who had been the Queen’s assistant private secretary, and is expected to be brought up to speed with protocol and expectations of life with the monarchy.
Ms Cohen gave notice of her resignation last September following the ousting of Sir Christopher, 56, the Queen’s private secretary, who announced in July he was leaving after 15 years of royal service.
But she has now agreed to stay on as interim private secretary to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, according to The Times.
The Duchess of Sussex, 36, is planning to spend six month’s learning how to be an effective member of the royal family, the paper adds.
Samantha, an Australian and reportedly one of the Queen’s most trusted aides, will guide the newlyweds through their first year of marriage.
It is thought Meghan will spend the rest of the year meeting charities and other good causes in a national tour only punctuated by their honeymoon while learning from mentor Ms Cohen, a mum of three.
A source told The Times: “It will be six months of listening.
“She is seeking out advice from a range of people. She is going to proceed with humility.
“It is not going to be quiet, though. It is going to be a very busy office. She has worked every day of her life. She is used to a demanding schedule.”
Meghan – who announced her retirement from acting following her engagement to Prince Harry – has already made her first official outing in her new role at a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her father-in-law, Prince Charles, turning 70 this year.
The garden party saw 6,000 guests enjoy the sunshine and a speech from the Duke of Sussex celebrating the charity work of his father – despite being momentarily distracted by a bee – much to his new wife’s amusement.
It is claimed Samantha Cohen found herself at the centre of an incredibly power struggle between Buckingham Palace and the Prince of Wales last year.
The Queen’s most senior courtier Sir Christopher Geidt announced he was leaving in July last year following 15 years of service to the royal family.
Two months later Ms Cohen, the third most senior courtier, submitted her resignation.
Sources at the time claimed that the 49-year-old had quit in solidarity with Sir Christopher, who had been ousted following a series of complaints from Prince Charles and Prince Andrew with the Queen backing her sons over her staff.
Prince Andrew, said The Times, is understood to have thrown his weight behind his brother, having borne a grudge against Sir Christopher since he was forced to stand down from his job as a trade ambassador over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2011.