- – With the hire of Fiona Mcilwham, a former British ambassador to Albania, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, became the first royals to employ an all-female team of senior staff.
- – Other senior staff members include Sara Latham, a former senior adviser in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign; Heather Wong, a former Obama administration staffer; and Natalie Campbell, a former director of The Royal Foundation.
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are making history again. With reports of the royal couple hiring Fiona Mcilwham, a former British ambassador to Albania, as their private secretary, Prince Harry and Meghan became the first royals ever to have a team of senior staff made up exclusively of women.
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 en route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
Get to know the Duke and Duchess’s team below:
Mcilwham, who will be replacing Samantha Cohen, will take over the couple’s public relations and private affairs. On her public Twitter account, she describes herself as a “diplomat and wannabe supermum.”
The Daily Mail reported that Mcilwham became one of the youngest British ambassadors when she was appointed to Albania in 2009 when she was only 35 years old. Now, in addition to serving as Prince Harry and Meghan’s chief of staff, she also can add being a part of the first-ever all-female royal senior staff to her CV.
According to ITV, she’s expected to join the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (and their son, Archie) on their royal tour of Africa this fall.
Latham serves as the duke and duchess’s head of communications. Previously, she worked as a senior adviser in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, in which she had a pivotal role in vetting candidates for Clinton’s running mate (the Clinton campaign eventually chose Virginia Senator Tim Kaine).
She also worked for Clinton’s husband and former U.S. president, Bill Clinton, in the late ’90s. Then, she served as the special assistant to the chief of staff and deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of scheduling.
Before becoming head of communications, Latham was already known for her PR prowess. Just before her royal appointment, she was named a managing partner for Freuds, a communications and PR firm.
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Wong, who works as Prince Harry and Meghan’s deputy private secretary, can also boast a former employer of the presidential kind. Wong formerly held positions as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Obama administration. She also served as the communications director for the Super PAC NextGen Climate. She took her resume international with her appointment as associate director at Milltown Partners, a London-based consulting agency.
Natalie Campbell serves as one of the directors of the Sussex Royal Foundation.
Before joining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Campbell worked as the director of insight and innovation at the Royal Foundation, according to the Daily Mail. In order to fill her new job as an inaugural director of Sussex Royal, Campbell parted ways with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
“Her loss will be keenly felt by the Cambridges,” a Daily Mail source said at the time.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.