Meet Kate’s right hand woman: Duchess of Cambridge new private secretary ...

kate middleton duchess private secretaryGETTY/GREG FUNNELLCatherine Quinn (R) is set to replace Rebecca Priestley as Kate's private secretary

After Kensington Palace announced Rebecca Priestley, who has spent more than a decade with the Royals, was stepping down from the role, it has emerged that high-flying Ms Quinn will take over.

The 58-year-old will effectively become Kate’s chief of staff and given her impressive track record, the appointment suggests the Duchess is ready to take on a more serious role as a Royal ambassador after coming under fire for not conducting enough duties.

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Ms Quinn will leave her job at Oxford University’s Said Business School to take on the royal role in October and is likely to receive a six-figure salary, which will be met by Prince Charles through his private income from the Duchy of Cornwall. 

She has also previously held leadership positions at the Wellcome Trust and the Middle Temple, as well as positions on the boards of the Charity Commission, the Met Office, the Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The appointment is a significant one. Her predecessor, Ms Priestley, has been working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for more than 10 years and has become a key member of Kate’s inner circle, often referred to as her ‘Girl Friday’.

GREG FUNNELLCatherine Quinn is set to become Kate's private secretary in October

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