And since joining the royal family, she’s been able to put her proud feminist beliefs to good use. Most recently, her and hubby Prince Harry (who Meghan says is a feminist too) have chosen to hire an all-female senior staff, making history in the process.
In addition to Heather Wong, their Assistant Private Secretary, and Sarah Latham, who is Head of Communications, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just added Fiona Mcilwham to their top team, who will serve as Meghan and Harry’s Private Secretary. The role is essentially chief of staff and is the most senior role in any royal household.
On the hiring of Mcilwham, who will be responsible for co-ordinating Meghan and Harry’s official schedule, supervising the couple’s team of staff and managing correspondence, an insider told Express UK, “Harry and Meghan have felt frustrated by the one-size-fits-all approach to being a working royal and are aiming their star far higher. It is clear they think Fiona is the person to do that.”
“Internally, the hope is, as someone with enormous diplomatic experience, she will also understand that, whether you like it or not, there are limitations to being a royal for a very good reason.”
Mcilwham has worked for the Foreign Office for 21 years, and when she was appointed as diplomat to Albania in 2009, she became one of the youngest British ambassadors (she was 35 at the time).