Meghan Markle's bodyguard quits after less than a year on the job

Princess Diana at Wimbledon in 1995

Princess Diana at Wimbledon in 1995

She was the inspector who whisked the Duchess of Sussex out of harm's way when large crowds at a bustling market raised security fears on an overseas visit.

Her name is unknown, being kept secret for protection, yet she's identifiable by photos captured in Fiji when urgency meant she had to take action.

The couple's Australian private secretary Samantha Cohen was the first to jump ship when she announced she was going in November.

Her reason for leaving the high-profile position reportedly had to do with the challenging effects of Meghan's "wish to be seen as 'one of the people.'" If you recall, Meghan broke royal protocol quite a few times since becoming the Duchess of Sussex in May, heightening her security risk while performing actions commoners take for granted, like shutting vehicle doors and giving out hugs.

She replaced Seargeant Bill Renshaw, Harry's long-serving head of security following his retirement after 30 years in the field.

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'It came as quite a shock.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly did not attend Kate Middleton's birthday lunch last weekend. According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, Meghan is very into food: "He loves cooking, exploring new foods, and experimenting with fresh flavours". Both Camilla and Kate have female protection officers on their staff, and Meghan, a champion of women, will likely have another female protection officer as well.

Meghan and Harry went on to greet well-wishers in Hamilton Square.

"It's taken a while for Meghan to get used to having the palace more involved with her life and steering her public image, but she's finally getting comfortable and trusts that they have her best interests at heart", the source said. But colleagues said the bodyguard was "brilliant" and had earned the role on merit.

Kensington Palace did not comment on the staffing changes.

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