Meghan Markle Will Spend Six Months In Royal Training With The Queen’s Assistant

Official Duchess lessons are underway

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Meghan Markle officially became the Duchess of Sussex last weekend, but that’s not the end of her transition into royal life. The American-born former actress is now set to undergo six months of training with the Queen‘s assistant and private secretary, Samantha CohenThe Times reports.

Some of that coaching will include traveling the country and meeting charities, as many current royals do. “It will be six months of listening, a source told The Times. “She is seeking out advice on a range of people. She is going to proceed with humility. It is not going to be quiet, though. It’s going to be a very busy office.”

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But Meghan’s previous life as an actress has surely helped her prepare for the hectic days ahead. “She has worked every day of her life. She is used to a demanding schedule,” the insider added.

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Cohen, 49, is originally from Australia and joined the Buckingham Palace press office in 2001, per The Times. She was actually slated to leave Buckingham Palace this summer, after she gave the Queen notice of her resignation following the ousting of Lord Geidt, Her Majesty’s private secretary, last year.

However, she decided to stick around as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interim private secretary at Kensington Palace. She’s expected to work with the couple as a replacement for Prince Harry‘s departing private secretary, Edward Lane Fox, until next spring, The Times reports.

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Cohen’s decision received the blessing from the Queen and Prince Charles. Plus, she has Princes William and Harry’s approval—they’re said to be “fond of” her.

Duchess Meghan has actually already started started meeting with Cohen, The Times points out. After she and Prince Harry announced their engagement, Cohen began informing her on the monarchy and Commonwealth.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.


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