Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former chief of employees is opening up about her expertise working for the royal couple.
Catherine St-Laurent — who labored for the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis earlier than becoming a member of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Basis group in early 2020 — revealed throughout an interview with The Lower that she has had an important expertise working with them and spoke of their skill to be “influential.”
“It was an unbelievable expertise,” the 40-year-old communications advisor mentioned. “They’re extremely gifted and artistic leaders. I am grateful to have had the chance to try this, to have the ability to be with them on their journey. The time that I spent with them was extremely fulfilling.”
St-Laurent remains to be working for Prince Harry and Markle. She transitioned to function a senior advisor to the couple’s Archewell Basis in April.
“I feel they’ve the potential to be very influential leaders within the social-impact area. I stay up for persevering with to be part of that,” she continued.
St-Laurent additionally praised the Sussexes when she introduced her change in roles in March by way of a press release shared on LinkedIn.
“It has been a privilege working carefully with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex serving to to determine Archewell Basis in its first yr,” she wrote. “Their dedication to compassion and wellbeing has been the undercurrent of all our actions each throughout the group in addition to with impactful initiatives of the inspiration on the bottom. I’m deeply pleased with what we have achieved collectively and I am honored to stay on as an advisor.”
St-Laurent’s interview got here months after the Duchess of Sussex was hit with bullying allegations in March. The Times U.K. claimed in a report that Markle confronted a bullying criticism from one in every of her shut advisers when she was nonetheless in Kensington Palace.
Their former communications secretary Jason Knauf reportedly made the criticism in October 2018. The outlet claimed Markle drove two private assistants out of the family and undermined a 3rd employees member’s confidence.
Markle vehemently denied the accusations.
“The Duchess is saddened by this newest assault on her character, significantly as somebody who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply dedicated to supporting those that have skilled ache and trauma,” a spokesperson for Markle mentioned in a press release to a number of retailers in March. “She is set to proceed her work constructing compassion all over the world and can maintain striving to set an instance for doing what is true and doing what is nice.”
After the report was revealed, Buckingham Palace additionally put out a press release, saying its “HR group will look into the circumstances outlined within the article. Members of employees concerned on the time, together with those that have left the Family, can be invited to take part to see if classes may be discovered.”
In the meantime, royal historian Robert Lacey claimed in an up to date model of his guide “Battle of Brothers” that the stress between the royal brothers worsened after palace staffers allegedly complained about Markle.
When confronted by Prince William, Prince Harry allegedly received livid as a result of his brother was extra inclined to consider staffers than his household, Lacey claimed. The incident reportedly led Prince William to provoke the separation of his royal family from that of the Sussexes, in response to the guide.