The Sussexes are the first royals to have an all-female senior staff

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Before he even met Meghan Markle, Prince Harry was already a feminist and already talking about feminist issues. He was widely applauded for his growth and wokeness back then. But then he met and married a feminist and suddenly sh-t got real for the old boys’ club, and all of those bitchy old men have been trying to take down Harry and Meghan for the past year. So… is it any wonder that Harry and Meghan really have set out to do things differently while setting up their own office? No old boys’ club here: Harry and Meghan are the first royals to have an all-female senior staff:

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become the first royals to have an all-female team of senior staff after appointing a pro-EU former ambassador as their right-hand woman. The couple have just headhunted Fiona Mcilwham, who became one of the youngest British ambassadors in history when she was appointed to Albania in 2009 aged 35, and has worked as a senior adviser to the director-general of EU enlargement.

She will start work next month as the couple’s private secretary, the most senior role in any royal household and equivalent to a chief of staff. Intriguingly it means that Harry and Meghan – who both describe themselves as feminists – have chosen an all-female team around them. Miss Mcilwham joins their deputy private secretary Heather Wong, head of communications Sara Latham, two senior female press officers and a team of female private office employees. Their only male hiring has been a young social media officer, in charge of their in-house publicity, including beefing up their Instagram site with glossy images and videos of the couple.

[From The Daily Mail]

You can read more about Mcilwham’s history and Heather Wong’s history at the Daily Mail – Wong worked for the Obama administration and Mcilwham’s husband was one of David Cameron’s strategists and advisors. It should be noted that in modern history, even the most prominent royal women never surrounded themselves with female staffers. The Queen is said to prefer to have men around, and Diana was that way too – Diana was much more comfortable with male staffers. I don’t think Camilla has many female office staffers either. It’s sort of cool that Meghan and Harry are hiring extremely qualified people… who just happen to be women. It’s awesome actually. Oh, and remember that they “took” Natalie Campbell for their Sussex Royal Foundation or whatever as well.

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  1. Loretta says:

    Bravo Harry and Meghan!

  2. Myra says:

    Meghan is a “girls girl”! Love to see a female empowering other females! Sad to see women attacking Meghan but silent on the abuser of young girls. The British people should speak up!

    • Jess says:

      Tominey will probably make a hissy fit that there are no males lol

      • Loretta says:


      • Bella DuPont says:

        That old toad…..she reminds me of Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter (actually, there’s a strong chance someone on this site made that comparison in the past…..and it’s their fault that I can’t stop seeing the resemblance now!)

      • Megan says:

        The RRs will be howling about how they are disrespecting the patriarchy.

    • otaku fairy.... says:

      All of this.

    • Lupo says:

      I realize this is an American site, but you do know that the British people are currently preoccupied with an enormous catastrophe known as Brexit bearing down upon them and therefore are not inclined to speak up. The treatment of Meghan, or even Andrew for that matter, is simply inconsequential when we are currently fearing medicine and food shortages.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        “We are currently fearing food and medicine shortages…”

        Self inflicted situation though it may be……

      • pottymouth pup says:

        “Self inflicted situation though it may be……”

        a bit of callous statement, I guess Americans deserve the fear that Trump’s turning us into a new Nazi regime because, ya know, it’s a self inflicted wound?

      • bonobochick says:

        Blame the UK media for what they’ve decided to focus on.

      • laura-j says:

        Thanks for that. I think even though we are reading the celebrity site, it’s good to put it all in context of the bigger picture. Everything I read about Brexit sounds like a nightmare. It does remind me of the election of the current administration here in the states, I honestly think a lot of people didn’t think it would be a big deal or change much. I love the UK, and I hope you all get through it ok.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Lupo, I have followed the Brex$hit mess over the last two years. I feel for all citizens in the UK because IMHO the people who voted leave were sold a false bill of goods.

      • PrincessK says:

        But the treatment of Meghan has a lot to do with Brexit. The people who want to leave the EU are xenophobic and believe that England is being invaded by foreigners and they keep saying that they no longer recognise their dear old country, and bi racial Meghan has managed to invade an institution that was one of the last bastions of white privilege. This has left them angry and bitter and poor Meghan is now a symbol of the diversity they are trying to stop.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        @ Pottymouth

        Wounds don’t self generate. Was anyone outside the U.K given a vote on Brexit? No. Same with America and Trump.

        Having said that, it was not meant callously. Make no mistake, I am as sad about the dismal situation as every other Brit.

      • VS says:

        @Bella DuPont you are 100% right

        @pottymouth — It is not a callous statement to say self-inflicted wound…… is the TRUTH!!! I don’t know why stating the truth is a problem now!

        I am american and we voted for an idiot and we have a chance next year to vote him out………if we don’t succeed then it will be our own damn fault! just like it is now

        Who should be blame for Brexit except those who voted (or chose not to vote) for it? It is indeed self-Inflicted

      • VS says:

        @PrincessK — you are spot on!!! Thx

  3. Jess says:

    This is great. Hopefully, they also come from different ethnic and financial backgrounds. If they are, M and H would have a plethora of information on how to approach specific issues and communities.

  4. Becks1 says:

    This is great! Way to go Meghan and Harry!

  5. Redgrl says:

    Excellent! Timing of this coming out is smart too – in one corner, H & M and all women staff! In the other corner – Andrew. Subtle distancing from him and his proclivities by showing they walk the walk when it comes to women’s empowerment. Very clever.

    • Betsy says:

      It really is.

    • Molly says:

      And you know who made that decision? A woman. :)
      Serena does the similar thing on photo shoots, and it’s of the things I respect the most about her. Her stylist, hair, makeup, photographer, etc. are POC, and she makes sure they get recognized.

  6. bonobochick says:

    Love it!

  7. Nev says:

    Weeerrrrrkkkk Duchess. Keep slaying dem tricks.

  8. Betsy says:

    I’m so impressed with how these two go about their work. I like how Harry has gotten meaningfully involved/started charities near and dear to his heart and, since his 20s hiccups, has behaved admirably. I didn’t know of her before Harry, but I like how she’s conducting her business now.

  9. SilentStar says:

    What a great way to set an example! Go Sussexes!

  10. Sof says:

    Good for them!

  11. Coz' says:

    Yes! Go Sussexes!

  12. Lisa says:

    Love them. They are talking the talk and walking the walk. Kudos to them.

  13. SV says:

    If you want evidence of why William and Harry could not co-exist in the same household you just have to look at who they are hiring. You have Harry’s staff here. Meanwhile William has consistently been hiring men whose previous job was trying to make Brexit happen.

    • PrincessK says:

      Hmmm…..this ties in with stories that Williams politics are to the right, and (I just thought I would put this in) his tastes in women, unlike his father and brother are very unadventurous .

  14. RoyalBlue says:

    Bravo! I love these two. The wrong person will be king.

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    Excellent news!

  16. HeyThere! says:

    I have been a MM fan from day one. I also enjoy Kate and have been a Kate apologists from day one. WOMEN supporting WOMEN!!! 🙌🏼💪🏼 When we elevate one of us, it’s a win for alllll of us!!!!!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @HeyThere!, I have also been an apologists for Cathy Cambridge on Celebitchy and other blogging sites.

      • Some chick says:

        I have noticed this – yet, it sticks out that you choose to call her by a different name than the one she goes by. I’m quite curious why this is, since you usually have nice things to say.

  17. Lowrider says:

    Meghan is a girls girl and Harry is not intimidated by strong women. None of the hires are surprising.

  18. February Pisces says:

    Good for them, I bet they are the best people for the job too. I do agree that Meghan is a girls girl and isn’t threatened by other women working closely with her husband as well. I know some women hate their husbands female colleagues. I’m sure the DM were just using this for another hate baiting article to get clicks and create faux outrage in the comments section. I wonder what the DM will moan about tomorrow.

  19. Busyann says:

    Yay for them!!! I am so tired of the constant negative headlines about Meghan and Harry. It’s nice when we get to read happy things. They do so much good but it’s always muted by the negative press. Which is crazy, because they are a huge draw, you would think that the palace would want to use good headlines about Harry and Meghan to bring about good press and get people to look away from that Andrew mess but nope.