The Princess Diaries is coming to life for Meghan Markle!
As she begins life as the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan will have a highly-regarded new aide at her side. Samantha Cohen, 49, is set to become Prince Harry’s private secretary when the current head of the couple’s household leaves this summer.
But Cohen, who until April was Queen Elizabeth‘s assistant private secretary, has already been advising Meghan behind the scenes.
Cohen has been helping the new duchess with protocol and navigating how to address people and manage her new position in the royal world.
Although Meghan comes across as someone on top of her new surroundings, the intricacies of royal life would be baffling at best and sometimes restrictive to a woman who has made her way in the outside world.
Cohen is believed to have tendered her resignation as assistant private secretary to the Queen, after the monarch’s top staffer, Lord Geidt, left late last year. But she was persuaded to stay on and see through the organization of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of April.
Soon after, it emerged that Ed Lane Fox was leaving Harry’s household after about five years – and Cohen was chosen as his successor as an “interim” private secretary.
Meghan previously said she wants to “hit the ground running” with her royal duties and she has surprised royal watchers with the number of outings and engagements she and Harry have done in the months leading up to the royal wedding.
While Meghan also has new palace aide Amy Pickerill helping run her office and her official duties, Cohen has been a strategic voice in the background.
“She is a brilliant choice and has been helping Meghan adjust to the new surroundings,” says an insider.