Second member of Meghan Markle's staff quits amid reports the Duchess is 'difficult' - report

Meghan Markle will reportedly lose another member of her staff after the birth of her and Prince Harry's child next year, the second of the Duchesses' aides said to have quit since the royal wedding.

The Sunday Times reports that Meghan and Harry's private secretary, Samantha Cohen, has announced that she will leave her duties next year, after having worked for the royal family for 17 years.

The story comes during a turbulent time for the Duchess Of Sussex, as rumours swirl of 'difficult' behaviour and a growing tension with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"Sam will be a huge loss," an unnamed source told the Sunday Times.

"Going forward, Meghan might need someone cut from a slightly different cloth to traditional courtiers, who is not a career civil servant or royal insider."

Cohen, an Australian, is reportedly one of Queen Elizabeth II's most trusted aides and was referred to as The Panther, thanks to her feisty attitude.

The Daily Mail reports that she was hand-picked by the Queen to prepare Markle for life as a royal.

Her quitting the royal family follows Meghan's personal assistant, Melissa Touabti, giving up her role at Kensington Palace just six months after the royal wedding.

She was said to have paid a "pivotal role" in the wedding and her "royal insiders were stunned at the abrupt and sudden departure," UK tabloids report.

Meghan is now being labelled 'Duchess Difficult', reports the Sunday Times.

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