Monday 22 April 2019

Meghan and Harry hire Hillary Clinton's former campaign adviser to head up new PR team

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, Britain, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of their tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex arrive at the residence of Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Rabat, Morocco February 25, 2019. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch students play football during their visit to Lycée Qualifiant Grand Atlas, the local secondary school on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks with Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) as Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stand by attending the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the process of formally dividing their royal courts, they are bringing some major political players to join their team.

In addition to Christian Jones, who worked at the Department for Exiting the European Union, they have recently hired Sara Latham, a former campaign adviser for Hillary Clinton, as their head of communications.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Meghan and Harry would be going their own way regarding their royal work, operating out of Buckingham Palace under Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, a clean break from Kensington Palace, which is where Prince William operates from.

But, as the Sussexes are preparing for the arrival of their first child in the spring, they are full steam ahead with plans for their future, including a move from their Nottingham Cottage home to Frogmore House in Windsor.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England

The split will involve the creation of new staff and offices working exclusively for the couple as current staff are operating across both the Sussexes and Cambridges agendas.

Latham will report directly to Queen Elizabeth's Communications Secretary, fresh from her role overseeing global corporate accounts at PR firm Inside Freuds. In addition to her work as a Clinton campaign adviser, she was chief of staff to John Podesta, who was chair of her 2016 US presidential campaign.

She has an established reputation in American politics having previously worked for former US president Bill Clinton and was previously described by USA Today as a "longtime Democratic fixer". She was also part of former president Barack Obama's transition team when he was first elected into the White House in 2008.

Her experience working across American and British politics uniquely positions her to adapt to the royal couple's American-British coupling.

Their decision to move from Kensington Palace has been months in the making and is believed to be part of the behind the scenes moves to prepare for William's next role as Prince of Wales while their father Prince Charles is braced to ascend the British throne.

The statement read: "The Duke of Sussex currently has his own private office, which has been supporting The Duchess since the engagement of Their Royal Highnesses in November 2017. This long-planned move will ensure that permanent support arrangements for The Duke and Duchess’s work are in place as they start their family and move to their official residence at Frogmore Cottage.

(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks with Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) as Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stand by attending the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019
(L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L), talks with Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) as Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stand by attending the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019

"The Queen has given permission for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to base their Household Office at Buckingham Palace."

Last year, it was widely reported that there was a "feud" between Meghan and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, but now it's believed the tension may be with William and Harry.

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