KENSINGTON Palace has insisted rumours that the Duchess of Cambridge’s top royal aide is leaving are “totally made up”.
The palace denied claims that Natasha Archer, Kate’s personal assistant, would be stepping down from her role after she was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in the New Year Honours list. The award sparked speculation that Ms Archer was leaving her position as the “kiss of death” honour is usually handed to departing staff.
But a palace spokesman said that Ms Archer is in fact on maternity leave, after giving birth earlier this month.
The spokesman told Mail Online: “This story is totally made up – Natasha is on maternity leave.”
Royal fans questioned if Ms Archer was leaving following the announcement of the honours list.
The Royal Victorian Order is a reward handed out by the Queen for personal services to the monarch.
Ms Archer has been working for the royal household since 2007.
The 30-year-old has travelled around the world with the Cambridges and acts as Kate’s stylist.
Ms Archer was seen arriving at the Lindo Wing after Kate gave birth to Prince Louis in April to help the duchess get ready for her public appearance as she left the maternity unit at St Mary’s Hospital.
She married royal photographer Chris Jackson, who took Prince Charles’s lovely 70th birthday photos, in May 2017.
Last week, Mr Jackson shared the happy news of the arrival of their son on his Instagram, which is full of stunning pictures of the royals.
Posting a picture of new mother Ms Archer and their son Theo, the royal photographer said: “Could not be more proud of these two!! Absolute legends – I think this may be the best photo I’ve ever taken! Great to be home.”
Rumours that Kate’s top aide could be leaving follow the resignations of two of Meghan Markle’s key staff.
The Duchess of Sussex’s personal assistant Melissa Toubati resigned six months after Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal wedding in May amid reports she was left in tears over the role.
And the US-born former actress’s private secretary Samantha Cohen is set to leave her position next year, after 17 years working for the royals.
Meghan is said to have been nicknamed “Duchess Difficult” by royal staff.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK