Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hired ex-Palace aids despite ‘vipers’ claim

MEHGAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have hired two more former Palace aides, despite claims they were surrounded by "vipers" and could trust very few people there.

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 15:19, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have rehired Clara Loughran and Beth Herlihy on a freelance basis, both former Palace aides who lost their jobs when the couple stepped down as senior royals in March. The pair will be working on charity projects in the UK. Their appointment is in addition to the couple's UK PR chief James Holt, who has been working with the Sussexes since they left the royal sphere.


Meghan and Harry have also hired a string of new people in the US too, including a head of communications, a press secretary and a chief of staff.

However, the hiring of these aides from their former life as royals will be surprising to some after claims the couple could not trust many people at the Palace.

In the 2020 book ‘Finding Freedom’, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claimed Meghan and Harry thought their staff at Kensington Palace were leaking to the press.

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There were reportedly just “a handful” of people they could trust, including their private secretary Samantha Cohen, PR hotshot Sara Latham, communications secretary Marnie Gaffney and James Holt, who they took on post-Megxit.

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meghan markle prince harryMeghan Markle and Prince Harry have hired two former Palace aides (Image: GETTY)

prince harry clara loughranClara Loughran (left) and Prince Harry (right) last year (Image: GETTY)

It was claimed that outside this core team of four people “no information was safe”, yet the Sussexes seem to trust two additional aides enough to rehire them.

The book read: “The couple tried to air these frustrations internally, but the conversations not only didn’t lead anywhere, the details of them would usually leak to one of the British newspapers.

“At this point, there was just a handful of people working at the Palace they could trust, including Sara, communications aide James Holt, communications secretary Marnie Gaffney (who was made a member of the Royal Victorian Orderby the Queen, an honour recognising personal service to the monarch or members of the Royal Family, during a June 2019 investiture), and their top aide, private secretary Samantha Cohen.

“Outside this core team, no information was safe.

meghan markle prince harryFinding Freedom was hailed as the book to tell Meghan and Harry's side of the story (Image: GETTY)

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