The Duchess of Sussex is likely gearing up for a busy few months, as she throws herself into her royal commitments ahead of the birth of hers and Harry’s first child.
And to help assist her with her hectic schedule Meghan – along with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – has hired a new Deputy Communications Secretary, Christian Jones.
Just a few weeks ago, Meghan was spotted having lunch in Notting Hill with the new member of the team, working behind-the-scenes for the royals – likely discussing plans for the next few months.
So who is Meghan’s PR secretary, Christian Jones?
Meghan’s communications secretary is certainly well qualified for the role, having had experience with high profile government jobs before joining the royal team.
Christian Jones has worked across two government departments over the last seven years, first working as David Davis’s speechwriter at the Department for Exiting the European Union, according to the Daily Mail. Later on, he took on the as the department’s press secretary. He has also worked as a chief press secretary for other areas of the government, prior to these most recent roles.
It’s thought that Christian Jones took on the role of Kensington Palace communications secretary in December, after the role was publicly advertised online.
Meghan’s communication secretary will assist both her and the Duke of Sussex with their charitable endeavours, as well as handling the world’s media on their behalf. He’ll will also be working for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge too, advising them – and Harry and Meghan – on the best way to handle the media.
Christian Jones’s employment comes during a turbulent time for the Duchess
Christian Jones is likely a welcome addition to the team for Meghan, who has seen many of her inner circle quit their roles in the last few months.
Just before Christmas, her chief protection officer left her job, and it was recently announced that Samantha Cohen, one of hers and Harry’s top advisors, will also be leaving her role near the middle of the year.
A source recently revealed, “The last thing she [Meghan] wants is for any of her other staff members to leave.”
Meghan’s communications secretary will also join Amy Pickerill as part of her team. Amy is the Duchess’s assistant private secretary, and often accompanies her on official royal engagements.
Christian Jones will likely also be helping Meghan to deal with the recent spate of negative press attention she has faced, with some reports suggesting she is difficult to work with – and others claiming she doesn’t get along with her sister-in-law Catherine
He could also be key in helping the Duke and Duchess of Sussex handle the semi-regular stories that crop up from Meghan’s extended family, including her father, Thomas Markle, and her half-sister, Samantha Markle.