MEGHAN Markle has been spotted dining out with her new press strategist.
The Duchess of Sussex was seen having lunch in trendy Notting Hill with new Deputy Communications Secretary Christian Jones. They dined at the swanky Chucs Italian restaurant before Meghan, 37, headed off in a private car. Mr Jones has also been chosen as press secretary for Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, and Prince William, 36, it is believed.
It comes amid rumours of a rift between Kate and Meghan, with claims the Duchess of Cambridge was “left in tears” over demands Meghan made about Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress for her royal wedding.
Speculation mounted when it emerged Meghan and Prince Harry, 34, will move from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor estate later this year.
Meghan’s new comms man previously spent seven years working in two government departments.
His LinkedIn profile shows he took the Kensington Palace role in December.
Mr Jones worked as chief press officer to The Treasury with then-Chancellor George Osborne.
He also served under then-Brexit Secretary David Davis at the Department for Exiting the EU.
The Cardiff University graduate’s new role will involve liaising with the British press.
He will advise the ‘Fab Four’ of Kate, William, Meghan and Harry on their media interaction.
Mr Jones graduated from Cardiff with a First Class Honours after studying economics from 2008 to 2011.
Meghan also has her own assistant, Amy Pickerill, as well as the Kensington Palace press team.
She was seen with Meghan at an animal charity in north-west London last week.
Meghan’s new appointment comes after four of her palace entourage left, fuelling rumours she is “Duchess Difficult”.
Harry’s private secretary and palace employee of 15 years, Edward Lane Fox, 41, stepped down in March.
His replacement, the Queen’s Secretary Samantha Cohen, 49, will also not stay after the birth of Harry and Meghan’s first child in April.
Her PA Melissa Toubati, 39, left six months after the royal wedding.
Key aide Samantha Cohen will also not stay after the birth of Harry and Meghan’s first child in April.
And this month, Meghan’s female close protection officer headed for the exit door.
Meghan’s female close protection officer headed for the exit door.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK