Duchess Kate’s private secretary Catherine Quinn is leaving after two years


The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton opens The Nook Children's Hospice

Here are more photos of the Duchess of Cambridge at the EACH opening of The Nook hospice on Friday. While Kate barely has to lift a finger these days to get glowing press, the Kensington Palace press office made sure that everybody dutifully reported that Kate is “just like us” in that she took the train (the peasant train!) to Norfolk for this hospice opening and there were bystander photos and everything. The director of EACH even noted that when he first met Kate, she was a bit meek when it came to public speaking but now she’s all grown up and she gives big-girl speeches and everything. I mean, I found his comments a bit patronizing, but whatever. I’m sure they were on-message from the palace.

Meanwhile, did you know that Kate lost another staffer? Just a few months ago, Kate fired a personal staffer just after the woman came back from her honeymoon. The gossip around it was shady too – the woman’s position was made redundant because something something, the split up of the Sussex and Cambridge offices, something something it’s probably Meghan’s fault. It didn’t make any sense. Well, now Kate’s private secretary (“chief of staff” in American-public-office terms) Catherine Quinn is leaving. Quinn wasn’t fired. She doesn’t have another job lined up. She’s just been working with Kate for almost exactly two years and Quinn is done.

The Duchess of Cambridge is set to lose her ‘gatekeeper’ after just two years – but the pair are said to be parting on the ‘best of terms’. Royal right-hand woman Catherine Quinn has worked as Kate’s private secretary since October 2017, a role that is similar to a chief of staff. She is responsible for everything from organising Kate’s diary and meetings to accompanying her on engagements. But she has also been instrumental in helping the future queen develop her ‘early years’ project, working with organisations to better support children in order to avoid issues such as addiction, social exclusion and crime in later life.

The high-flying Oxford-educated mother-of-one’s appointment was seen as sign of the duchess’s determination to ‘beef up’ her office and public profile as a working royal and future Princess of Wales. Her six-figure salary was met by Prince Charles, through his private income from the Duchy of Cornwall. But now Lancashire-born Miss Quinn has decided to quit the role in search of new challenges. She will be leaving just after Christmas. Her decision to go after just two years is unusual. The job is considered a plum one and private secretaries can often stay in the role for a decade or more. But sources insist the parting is amicable and Miss Quinn simply wants to take a step back from what is a demanding, full-time job and return to her charitable roots, working part-time.

‘Catherine is a thoroughly lovely lady and has achieved a lot working for the duchess. But she simply wants to take a step back and focus again on her charity work,’ a source said. ‘Working for the duchess was actually never a job she had ever thought of taking on as she was scaling down her commitments, but then it came up and she couldn’t resist. She has done an incredible job but just wants some more time for other interests and feels she has helped the duchess create a solid platform in order to move forward. Catherine has helped to created such a strong team around the duchess, sources say, that she feels it is a good time to move on. They are parting on the best of terms.’

Kate, who is due to make some major announcements on her work with young children early next year, is now having to look for a new right-hand woman at a crucial time.

[From The Daily Mail]

When Quinn first came on, I predicted that she would last about a year, long enough to see that her main job was pushing the “keen” narrative. As in, Kate is keen to learn, keen to try, keen to be keen. The point is never to lock Kate into actually doing much of anything, but to merely be keen and exist. Well, I was wrong about the timing – Quinn lasted a whole two years. I wonder if she considers those two years a waste of time? I mean… they were? And I truly wonder if we’ll get any stories about Diva Kate losing all of these staffers for being so unhinged. *waits patiently*

Also: “Kate, who is due to make some major announcements on her work with young children early next year…” Suddenly the Early Years initiative isn’t coming out by the end of the year?? Funny.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is pictured officially opening The Nook

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. The Long-suffering Sequin says:

    I mean, that forever jutting gurning jaw would absolutely give credence to the “unhinged” narrative. Ahem.

    Shame because Quinn seems to have worked her socks off to try and achieve minor miracles with this lazy lump of a duchess. My username here is also a reference to her ;)

  2. Cidy says:

    ..this doesnt seem shady to me?

    I’ve left jobs after feeling as though my work was done and I’ve done all I can, I will say though that Kate will not receive the nasty press that Meg did, which I’m not going to say is a shame because she doesnt deserve it – it’s to say, neither of them deserve it.

    As for the Early Years project, I think they would have gotten more excitement out of it if they let the launch be a surprise and kind of just launch it without announcing it, because now it seems really not ready to get off the ground and poorly planned because the dates keep getting pushed back. I think Kate really loves children and is committed to the cause but like all royals they are not experts in anything and need to rely heavily on experts – which is fine as long as they give them the credit where credit is due.

    • VS says:

      “but like all royals they are not experts in anything and need to rely heavily on experts” —- really? how do Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Meghan manage to get things done then?

      This is not an accurate representation of reality…lack of skillset, interest, drive and passion is still lack of interest, interest, passion and drive.

      A future princess of Wales…..what a disappointment with such a huge potential platform!

      • Cidy says:

        VS – I think all royals rely on experts for their causes.. that’s how i think they get things done. I think they are probably good at forming ideas but rely on experts ( as they should) to produce and create the project and they mostly just promote because isng that their job? To show support and represent?

        This isn’t to say what they do isnt important, but none of them are subject matter experts.

      • VS says:

        You still haven’t answered my question of how others are able to present complete projects while others seem unable to?

        1) Meghan did the cookbook (she didn’t write it) but she organized everything around it ——- there is no expertise needed there, except to be driven

        2) Meghan did the capsule collection. She didn’t design the clothes but she had the idea, gathered people, made the right calls —-boom done

        3) Meghan did the September Vogue #ForcesForChange; she asked, was told yes, and made sure to contact the right people to help and visit the right places to highlight (Luminary Bakery)

        All of that in less than 2 freaking years!!!

        I cannot even list everything Prince Charles or Prince Harry has done
        a) Creating and running the Prince trust
        b) creating and running the Invictus Games
        c) managing the duchy of Cornwall
        d) Sentebale, Travelyst, etc……

        Yet, you want to use the excuse of experts for those unable to do ANYTHING

    • teehee says:

      I came to say the same. It doesn’t reflect bad on the company or employers when someone wants a change of job or has personal reasons for needing to leave etc (family…).
      And yes I hate the word Keen now too. This duchess is nothing more than keen, thats it. Hence the barrage against Meghan, cos she outshines her but thats not the “proper order”.

      • Amy Too says:

        I think it’s hilarious that Catherine Quinn is leaving so that she can “get back to her charity work.” Isn’t that exactly what Kate is supposed to be doing? Pretty much exclusively? Yet Catherine Quinn has decided that she can do more charitable work while working half the hours, by leaving Kate. Keen Kate, who is supposedly **this close** to making a HUGE splash in the charity world with a life-long initiative to literally “fix broken Britain,” isn’t providing enough work for someone who wants to work part-time in charity.

        This just makes me think that 1) Kate is suuuuuper lazy and uninspired to do anything (and the fact that her big launch keeps getting pushed back over and over again is evidence) so that she barely used Quinn’s talents, or 2) she was using Quinn for things other than charity work, like PR and smear campaigns. If your job is to spend all your time trying to make your boss LOOK charitable and busy and saintly, and you’re asked to do so in a way that smears the people who are are actually charitable and busy (Meghan), then I can see how that would suck. Or if your job is to coordinate with William and his PR people to start fights with apparently everyone else in the family, that would suck. Or if your job is spent trying to garner good PR for your boss because she got highlights and wore pants, that would suck. Or if your job is spent trying to juggle all the behind the scenes stuff that comes with trying to hide your boss’s husband’s affair and the fact that their family is breaking apart and possibly even living separately, that would suck. And I imagine that Will and Kate do spend a lot of time on that stuff. It takes a lot of time and juggling and subterfuge to kill affair rumors and make it seem like you actually live together and like each other. Especially when William is out there all the time making divorced-Dad statements. No wonder there’s not a lot of charity work being done and Quinn feels like she needs to quit this job in order to “go back to her charity work.”

      • ravynrobyn says:

        @ AMY TOO- your comment is simply elegant…PERFECTION 👏👏💕🥰

      • Nic919 says:

        Saying she wanted to get back to charity work is pretty telling considering what the royals are supposed to do as their work.

      • PrincessK says:

        I think Quinn has had enough of the toxic atmosphere and is making her escape before more revelations are made. Her departure is probably not unconnected with the sacking of the other aide.

      • Becks1 says:

        The line about charity work was really interesting. The statement could have just said that she wanted to pursue other interests or wanted to a break to consider her next steps or whatever – but it specifically mentioned charity work. Quinn feels she can do more charity work outside of the Cambridge employ and that’s not a good look for the FFK and FFQC.

      • Flying Fish says:

        Amy Too., you are absolutely correct in your analysis,
        Thank you.

    • Cidy says:

      VS –

      Are you thinking Meg did all this work with no help? I highly doubt that. Getting help from experts isnt a bad thing, I’m sure she had editors, writers, people who worked there, assistance, finance people, etc. all of these things to put her wonderful projects together. It’s a collaboration effort with the royals and subject matter experts.

      I think you might be misunderstanding my post (or I wrote it poorly) I’m doing a big fan clap for Kate for a project we havent seen yet. I’m talking more about all the meetings we hear her going to and such, I think that shes info gathering and didnt know what to do with all the info she gathered and so her plan or her project has gotten up on sloppy legs.

      I’m not inventing reasons as to why royals dont get work done. I think they should all be working as hard as Meg to “create” and represent projects, people and causes and doing their due diligence.

      • VS says:

        You obviously aren’t reading my comments……..where did I say she is doing it without help? I acknowledge stuff she doesn’t do………

        Years of info gathering with 10k articles about the soon to be released project! My goodness, I wonder if Meghan had been the one gathering info for years, would some be so understanding! I really wonder!!!

        Kate is mediocre; there is no way around it; she is able to skate by now because Meghan arrived and had the audacity to be a WOC

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate hasn’t been committed to any of her child based patronages as much as she has been to attending Wimbledon. EACH had to hire Ed Sheeran to help with fundraising because she barely attends on an annual basis and that is including galas along with actual hospice visits. It’s been almost nine years and she should have been attending that patronage at least a dozen times. She has not. Taking a vague subject like child poverty just shows she has no idea that this is a complex issue and that it requires actual work and not just a few visits.

      • Cidy says:

        VS –

        My point to the whole post was to highlight the people behind the scene, like the woman who just quit. Not to say that rainbows shine out of Kate’s bum or that she has an excuse for not having as much work done. It has nothing to do with Meg vs. Kate or any other royal. It’s about the people behind the scene. That was the point of my post.

        There isnt an excuse from the lack of work on her side, but I’m not going to discourage whatever project she has going now (if it exists.) I like to think if there was as much support behind Meg as there is behind Kate in the british press it would be amazing, she should get more positive coverage instead of the racist bs she gets.

        Tldr; my post was meant to highlight the folks behind the scene, I’d I didnt properly communicate that it’s my bad.

      • VS says:

        @Cidy — No worries; looks like you are an optimist; and it is actually good to still see some give this woman the benefit of the doubt
        On my end, I do not. Until proven otherwise, I highly doubt anything will come out next year!
        At some point, it will be some random few speeches and people would have forgotten the lifelong initiative

      • whatever says:

        @Nic919..

        Are you seriously still trying to push the narrative that Kate rarely visits EACH when the Cheif Exec has said she has made private visits to the hospice and has even visited families who use the charity in their own homes!?

        Once someone in official capacity contradicts you, you should *really* stop pushing your narrative before it gets embarrassing.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No news of Kate ever doing home visits until the outgoing CEO says something on her way out the door. Until after Meghan has been shown to do loads of work behind the scenes from day one. Ignoring EACH for years then possibly doing a handful of 10 minute visits behind the scenes recently? Obvious PR is obvious when it comes to W&K.

      • Nic919 says:

        The Court Circular provides dates when Kate attends any of her patronages and my statement remains correct. Those are the facts not a narrative. If we are now going to pretend there are secret unmarked visits when Kate has every single meeting listed in the Court Circular then that would be speculation based on no evidence whatsoever. It’s not like there have been any projects from her relating to EACH that suggests she does anything behind the scenes.

      • Becks1 says:

        My guess is Kate did just enough behind the scenes visits to warrant that comment from the outgoing CEO(so maybe one visit to the hospice, one or two to private homes.) If Kate had been making these private visits to the hospice for years, 100% we would have heard about it before now, especially when she was criticized for missing the gala and such. And the visits would have been in the CC to boost her numbers.

  3. Lisa says:

    Yeah I am still waiting for the articles making this somehow Meghan’s fault. It is amazing to see how they have generally kept it respectful but with Meghan it was an entirely different story.

  4. VS says:

    I don’t know about you all but I have come to hate the word “Keen”……….Anyway I see that the ‘Early Years’ is now to be announced ‘next year’
    What happened to Broken Britain? or to her interest in Textiles?

    My goodness……..good luck to the Catherine Quinn; given her qualifications, she will be fine.
    Kate will also find someone else; it is OK to lose staff; look at Trump!

    • Becks1 says:

      Broken Britain IS the early years initiative, I think.

      • VS says:

        Only god knows, what that ‘project’ will be about!!! When we were told by the gossipers that this year will be Kate’s year! after all Meghan was on maternity leave!
        What a joke!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Yes, it is all under that same umbrella that was announced as Kate’s lifelong focus = nothing measurable or actionable for decades.

      • VS says:

        @notasugarhere —— please read comments above; apparently she is still gathering information; the project is delayed because she needs experts

        Of course other royals would are able to complete their projects must be doing something different!

      • Nic919 says:

        There are already academic studies out there that would provide the foundational knowledge to work on something relating to child poverty. Kate didn’t invent this issue, it’s been around forever. This information gathering excuse well over a year later is just another excuse as to why nothing concrete has been done. At minimum there should be some kind of executive summary outlining the specific deadlines as to when things will be done. Further there should be an outline of the specific goals of the project. None of this has been seen.

      • notasugarhere says:

        VS I meant this whole Broken Britain thing will go on for years. That’s how it was presented to us in the ‘leak’ three days before the Hubb cookbook landed. There is no beginning, middle, or end and never will be. Quinn set this up as Kate’s signature theme for the rest of her life. Whatever little things come out of it, like the report Nic919 mentions that will only rehash what is already known, will go under this banner. For years.

      • VS says:

        @notasugarhere ——– you know what’s the saddest thing is? You’re most likely right; very little will come out of this; I hope I am proven wrong

    • Gatorlover says:

      “Nobody knew fixing ‘broken Britain’ could be so complicated!”

    • Maevo says:

      Omg the textiles!! That was when I really started to see what bs all the keenness was with Kate. Poor Catherine Quinn probably thought she was going to be helping to shape this huge agenda and has been sorely disappointed.

  5. carmen says:

    maybe she just wants to put her Oxford education to better use?

    • Eliza says:

      Working for royals is great on resume. You either stay for decades out of duty with a lower salary than peers in other industries, or get your 2-5 years in and bounce. Get that money Catharine!!!

      • carmen says:

        Perhaps. Unless you’re working for Prince Andrew.

      • Lowrider says:

        Quinn is closer to retirement and has an impressive resume without the royal connection. Quinn could have transferred to the royal foundation and taken up charity work there, but I suspect something else is at play than an amicable retirement.

      • Nic919 says:

        Quinn would have been more than qualified to run the foundation but that means dealing with William who thinks he knows things and is used to being surrounded by sycophants.

    • PrincessK says:

      Quinn probably did not want to risk blemishing her reputation and past achievements by continuing to do things to raise the profile of the Cambridge’s which may have placed her in compromising situations.

  6. Sofia says:

    Seems like the job was a bit of a downgrade for her. Didn’t she have a great job before this?

    Anyways best of luck to her

  7. R2Blast says:

    I’m sure the position is challenging beyond what we would know and there have been improvements in Kate. Two years is a common turn around these days. 🤷‍♀️

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Not for a position like this. Even the article noted that private secretaries tend to stay for about a decade (or close to it). Samantha Cohen was already one step towards retirement before she agreed to be interim private secretary for Meghan (and she stayed much longer than the initial six-month period).

      • R2Blast says:

        Yes, “a plumb one”. I’m under the impression that she is an unusual hire having been paid 6 figures. The article also states she is ready for part-time.

  8. Oh No says:

    So Quinn wants to focus more on charitable endeavors????

    Isn’t that the whole schtick of these royal bums-CHARITY??

    I really want to know what goes on behind closed doors with this lot…like they have the easiest jobs ever

  9. Toot says:

    Catherine Q left because she wanted to actual do some charity work because working with Kate , who’s supposed job is to work with and highlight charities, wasn’t fulfilling her needs because Kate does the bare minimum.

    • Lisa says:

      Pretty much.

    • PrincessK says:

      The incident which really showed what Quinn had been reduced to was when poor Charlotte was caught in a pincer movement between Kate, Carole AND Quinn, with all three of them pushing her to wave , obviously for a front page photo opportunity, and of course Charlotte stuck her tongue out and was then scolded by Carole.

  10. S808 says:

    She probably stayed long enough to put on her resume and be able to talk about it when looking for another job *shrug*

  11. TheOriginalMia says:

    Catherine Quinn probably realized Kate was never going to change and was just coasting on the press’ embiggening. The woman was always too good for her job and her employer. A poster on another site said she was overqualified for the job of babysitting. I laughed because it was true.

    Quinn would have been perfect for the Royal Foundation, so why wasn’t she offered a position over there? If she truly wanted to return to her charity roots, why not keep her in house and working on Kate’s Early Years project at the RF? Something fishy is going on with Kate’s employees, but let’s not talk about that. Let’s call Meghan a demanding diva instead.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Something fishy with the former joint Foundation money too. There’s a reason we got multiple articles about Hubb money being guarded, earmarked for Hubb-related things and not allowed to be put in the general Foundation monies.

      • PrincessK says:

        This ties in with the gossip being spread by Zara that Meghan is disliked because she doesn’t want to share the benefits of the things she does.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        The Royal Foundation is nothing more than tax fraud, even the auditors said it wasn’t being run properly and there was a question mark over how the funds were being used. The fact that the Sussex’s went to great length to ensure that the Hub kitchen funds were ring fenced for the Hub’s use only is very very telling. The Foundations annual accounts will be interesting reading over the next few years now it doesn’t have Harry and the money coming in for his patronages/charitable endeavours to hide behind.

      • Anance says:

        Interesting point. I wonder if Meghan and Harry leaving the Foundation meant they took the lion’s share of the funding with them. Meaning Harry’s efforts were funding more than his endeavors but the Foundation’s overhead as well.

        If Quinn left without another job and Kate was blindsided (big ifs), then the most likely answer is headcount reduction at the Cambridge Foundation. Even if Charles paid for Quinn, it might mean that his contribution now goes to support more critical employees. Giving what we know about Kate, Quinn’s position was not mission-critical.

        Moreover, Quinn is overqualified to support Kate’s meager efforts. Cutting her means that one or more low-level but vital employees can stay. Additionally, all the people Kate lost this year can be replaced by cheaper employees, if at all.

        Again, this smacks of turmoil in the Cambridge household that we don’t know much about. To me, this indicates Kate’s declining influence.

  12. Livvers says:

    “A solid platform”… that is still sitting in the development stage after 2 years? Maybe I’m projecting, but with her background, I wouldn’t be surprised if she left because she was brought on chiefly to help guide and launch this “Broken Britain” and “Early Years” initiative, and she found herself constantly spinning her wheels, unable to apply her experience and education. If this woman feels she can accomplish more in part time charity work, doesn’t that say something about Kate’s actual commitment level?

    • anon says:

      Bingo. You just nailed it on the head. She went in thinking she was going to guide policy or at least have some management of these initiatives, but instead became nothing more than a secretary.

      This departure along with the others from KP makes me think that the Cambridges are probably hard as hell to work for, because they’re *royals.* They’re either there because they were born into it (him) or married into it (her), which is to say that while they are educated, that doesn’t mean they’re remotely qualified to be doing this “job.”

      I get the strong sense that they’re floundering, both of them.

  13. Lizzie says:

    she probably thought being the chief of staff for a do-nothing would be easy…but now that kate has stiff competition she was like “dis tew much” and left.

    • Lady D says:

      According to Hello magazine, before being hired by Charles for Kate, Catherine Quinn worked as the chief operating officer and associate dean for administration at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. She has an MBA from the business school, as well as degrees from US and UK universities.
      I’m thinking it wasn’t the workload that made CQ quit.

    • bamaborn says:

      Lizzie…Lol!

  14. Beach Dreams says:

    Interesting contradictions in that article. Multiple reassurances that the split was ‘completely amicable’ and yet it also noted that Quinn is departing at a ‘crucial time’…and she’s not helping with transitions or finding a replacement either. Almost seems like Kate was blindsided by Quinn’s resignation.

    There’s also another guy who’s been with the Cambridges for years (and with KP for a decade in general: Edward Mortimer Harley) who resigned a couple of months ago, and Lorraine Heggessey left last month. I’m sure we won’t be getting any “Difficult Duke/Duchess” narratives though.

    • Olenna says:

      So, that’s 4 in the last 6 months or so, counting Sophie Agnew. Sounds like the Cambridge House is in a bit of turmoil. Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t Harley and Heggessey both with the Foundation, which is now Poor Jason’s pet project?

      • Beach Dreams says:

        They were indeed. Heggessey was the CEO (I guess Jason’s got that spot now, yikes) and Harley was a trustee.

    • Tourmaline says:

      I also found it interesting that this scoop was given to Rebecca English of the Daily Mail.

      • Lowrider says:

        It’s well speculated that English is the KP PR media go to. KP went to English to explain the budget flight fiasco.

      • Nic919 says:

        It doesn’t help that her twitter profile pic is of W and K with Charlotte. At least the other RRs use their own photos and pretend to be neutral.

      • Tourmaline says:

        @Lowrider oh yeah I forgot she was the go-to for the budget flight too! Definitely she is on speed dial at KP.

  15. Deedee says:

    She probably got tired of holding the remote and the hairpieces.

  16. Becks1 says:

    I don’t think its a completely amicable split when she doesn’t have a job lined up, gave just over a month’s notice, and isn’t waiting for her replacement to be hired.

    • Devon says:

      Yeah, it sounds like Quinn just got fed up and quit. Since this is the 3rd staff member to quit/be fired in the past couple of months, there must be massive turmoil at the Cambridges.

      • Nic919 says:

        I suspect there was a two year contract. This departure coincides with just about two years from when she started. Of course she could have extended her stay, but clearly she had no interest.

  17. anon says:

    The public comment is one of the most dressed up pieces of PR spin I’ve seen in a while. As a communications pro, I can tell you that maybe there wasn’t :drama: per se, but there was drama. Taking a step back to pursue “other interests” and “charitable work” is the American version of “to spend more time with his/her family.”

    Which is work-speak for “I’m done with this batshit family.”

    Though, to be fair, it sounds to me that organizing a diary and accompanying the Duchess to engagements was probably mind-numbingly boring. And she probably had no real authority or ability to guide policy or what-have-you. Honestly, being “Cambridge-educated” she probably could not align her massive educational background with what amounts to being an overpaid administrative assistant to someone who just doesn’t have the chops for this job.

    So, after losing two key staffers in just a few months, it appears that Future Queen (Consort, not the real thing) and Regular Every Mom Kate is a diva – but one of those mean-girl divas. Like, she’s not in your face, but shady and subtle about it. Yeah. This lady left because she knows too much and doesn’t like what she’s seen.

    • Anance says:

      anon,

      I hate to double post but wanted your opinion on this theory of mine because you are professional in the field.

      ————————
      Interesting point. I wonder if Meghan and Harry leaving the Foundation meant they took the lion’s share of the funding with them. Meaning Harry’s efforts were funding more than his endeavors but the Foundation’s overhead as well.

      If Quinn left without another job and Kate was blindsided (big ifs), then the most likely answer is headcount reduction at the Cambridge Foundation. Even if Charles paid for Quinn, it might mean that his contribution now goes to support more critical employees. Giving what we know about Kate, Quinn’s position was not mission-critical.

      Moreover, Quinn is overqualified to support Kate’s meager efforts. Cutting her means that one or more low-level but vital employees can stay. Additionally, all the people Kate lost this year can be replaced by cheaper employees, if at all.

      Again, this smacks of turmoil in the Cambridge household that we don’t know much about. To me, this indicates Kate’s declining influence.

  18. Peg says:

    The Lawsuits from the Sussexes sure are making some people jumpy, who will take the fall for the leaks from KP.
    Two staff members leaving/fired in less than two months.
    The Tabloids will have to provide their sources, will the Cambridges claim that they did not know their staff are/was leaking stories/lies?
    Even Prince Andrew got into a heated discussion with staff at KP for leaking stories about him, and had to be separated from the staffer.
    There was a tweet, that they were going house to house to get the public to come to this opening, the day of.

    • Moose says:

      Yes I saw tweets about that too, staff having to find people to come out and welcome her or it would’ve been like the Marie Celeste outside…. hahaha!

    • Becks1 says:

      This is what keeps floating around on twitter, that these sudden departures have to do with the leaks and the Sussex lawsuit. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Yes and I am now convinced that’s what’s got the Cambridge’s scared. They are about to get exposed for leaking stories to the press in exchange for covering up William’s affairs. Its all going to come out in court.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Yes I think there is definitely something to this. Multiple royal reporters have stressed how the other senior royals are really OPPOSED to the Sussex lawsuit and the Sussexes taking on the British press. They are afraid the game is going to be revealed methinks.

    • noway says:

      The two Sussex lawsuits aren’t about leaks. Leaks by the way aren’t illegal in either the UK or the US, it’s not like they are spies and it’s states secrets or something. Meghan’s lawsuit is about the publishing of her letter she wrote to her father. So no leak info in that case he gave it to the publication and the publication is going to say it was in the public interest to publish or she rescinded her copyright by talking about something against her father or settle. I’m voting for settling next year some time. Prince Harry’s lawsuit is a class action suit about the wiretapping of his phone eons ago. William could have joined the class action too, but he declined. Two people who instigated the wiretapping were criminally convicted. This is more about others, maybe even Piers Morgan, destroying evidence about who was involved which made the crime continue and not surpass the statute of limitations. It’s about wiretapping private conversations not leaking though. Wiretapping is a crime.

      Now there is a very simple reason a lot of royals are not happy about the lawsuits. The monarchy’s relationship with the press is important to their existence. There is a theory that suing where they might not win will make the coverage worse. Now Meghan’s case looks pretty good, but Harry’s isn’t really that good of a case and it’s a class action case which will go on forever too.

      • Abena Asantewaa says:

        @norway The copyright law is clear, the breach is not the fact that the existence of the letter , or the nature of the letter was mentioned, where the Mail fell foul of the law is, when it’s content was published, you could clearly see Meghan’s handwriting. Harry joined the class action suit, because the jurisdiction of the case was moving to a court more sympathetic to journalist, and there was a deadline for it, Harry was approached to join the suit, and with no love lost between him and the press, he said yes, whereas before, he was not going to, but with the treatment of his wife, why should he let it pass. A crime was committed, phones were hacked. Harry will win.

  19. Mego says:

    Catherine Quinn, given her resume, was definitely working for the wrong Duchess. She and Meghan would have been well into an early years initiative by now. She must have gotten really bored and frustrated by Duchess airhead.

    • VS says:

      You are actually right; I hope she considers or is offered a job in the Sussexes household! assuming she is able to stay as quiet as most of the Sussexes staff has been!

    • Lowrider says:

      She would have paired great with Sophie, Meghan, Beatrice and Eugenie.

      Kate’s bar is on the floor but she’s going to be queen though!

      • Peg says:

        Sophie who used Meghan’s speech and did not give her credit, brings back memories of Melania (I write it myself) using Michelle’s speech verbatim.

      • PrincessK says:

        When did Sophie use Meghan’s speech?

      • Olenna says:

        Here’s a decent Twitter synopsis of Sophie’s event and speech, which was very, very similar to the DoS’. Fortunately, the lack of criticism and the obvious hypocrisy did not go unnoticed by some. Even the reporter subtlety made mention of the similarity.
        https://twitter.com/challemann/status/1195125378534268928

      • PrincessK says:

        Thanks Olenna for the link. To be fair to Sophie the idea that gender issues are not just about women but involve men too, is nothing new. I have attended workshops and seminars on gender sensitivity where this point is always stressed so Meghan while saying something important was just repeating something used a lot when talking about gender. But of course Meghan will be criticised for being ‘woke’ whereas Sophie will be praised for working hard and keeping her head down.

    • yinyang says:

      I agree, Meghan is not a hopeless cause like Kate. The BRF don’t understand the imprtance of EVERY member of the family, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. A family where every member is succeeding is one to look up to.

  20. Jen says:

    The part of it that is most interesting is the build-up to her working for Kate was that this woman was going to transform Kate into a serious power, hard worker, in depth plans. Instead we’ve gotten….. nothing but keenness.

  21. Mumbles says:

    I still laugh at the job description of the woman who was fired during the summer – in charge of managing Kate’s personal assistants, plural. Why this lazy dim bulb needed one assistant, never mind multiple ones, amazes me. Okay, maybe ONE to share with William.

  22. MA says:

    I read that there was a 2 year minimum contract and Quinn decided not to renew. She left as soon as she could.
    Interesting how she didn’t stay to see the early years project (that’s DEFINITELY A THING) through. Fun contrast to Samantha Cohen, who was only supposed to stay with the Sussexes for 6 months but stayed over a year to see their foundation set up, transition with the baby, and train her replacement.

  23. Digital Unicorn says:

    Quinn was a Chuck hire sent in to sort of the mess of KP, remember all the drama about office affairs and romances turning sour and the revolving door of staff?!?! It was chaos. Rumour was it that she was also tasked with limiting the influence Dowager Duchess in Waiting Carole had over W&K and how their office was run.

    Will be interesting to see who replaces her? Someone external who is qualified or will the promote another PA for the role?

    • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

      I would looove to see Carole do the job. Just give her all the power she wants, watch her drive this crazy train off a bridge.

    • Lady D says:

      Charles need someone with Kris Kardashian abilities to create several multi-million$ businesses out of nothing. Kris can and has obliterated bad press about her brood for years, plus taking out the enemy/threat, while making them very successful. She or someone like her would be worth paying the dollars to.

  24. Chelle says:

    We’ve all heard of King makers but Queen Consort makers? I don’t know. Are the changes over the last two merely cosmetic or enduring?

    If I recall correctly, CQ was brought in because Charles requested it. Kate needed guidance and education for her role in particular and both in general. I can see how the job would be overwhelming for anyone given Kate’s overall life experience and where she started. Kate still needs more polish. Then, Kate and Carole are a package deal. So, there’s that also to deal with. Overall, I’m thinking that Catherine Quinn was brought in to (a) stabilize things, (b) build a floor under Kate, and (c) provide Kate with some professional polish, some vetted networks, and to provide a few viable initiatives. That work is done (in some parts). Will it be sustainable?🤷🏽‍♀️ I personally don’t think Kate has it in her or would even care to surround herself with people who can.

    • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

      Can you imagine? At this point, they could –

      - Closet Kate away for two weeks
      - Get her proper reading material, coaching and advisors
      - Get her involved in Skype meetings with her charities
      - Chop her hair into a lob or bob
      - Throw out her clothes and get her some tailored suits and good accessories
      - Relaunch her as a serious Princess-in-waiting

  25. Lowrider says:

    Quinn left for a few reasons:

    Boredom
    Contract is up and chose not to renew
    Conflict with Kate
    Kate is pregnant and Quinn does not want to piddle around for another year
    The Sussex lawsuits have KP on edge

  26. Silas says:

    She doesn’t look well. Look at her jawline. That’s why she’s wearing that brightly colored, flouncy, peplummed suit. Distraction from really looking at her.

    I’m not snarking here. She doesn’t look well.

    • The Long-suffering Sequin says:

      Since reading Cat Marnell’s articles and book, and her experiences with the drug, I’ve suspected that Kate might take Adderall or something to help with concentration and keeping herself skinny – except it’s also got the side effect of causing people to gurn and be really “starey”.

  27. Miriam says:

    Poor C.Quinn was fed up holding katie keen’s hands and pushing her to do bare minimum. Her leaving so abruptly before even the replacement was chosen+trained shows how fed up she was. Notice how KP got their daily fail mouthpieces to specify its “amicable ” lol

    Everyone should go read the telegraph article about palace telling Meghan to stop working so hard!! Yet more PROOF of the lazy bill & Katy keen being upset about the Sussex’s accomplishments. It also links back to Tim shipman (who’s a political journalist) writing that exclusive confirming that jelouse bill hosted fleetstreet & authorised the BULLYING of his SIL.

  28. yinyang says:

    She probably felt she wasn’t paid enough for completely making over Kates image. That and she got tired of babysitting this woman child, moved on to something more serious.

  29. A says:

    I’m thinking Catherine Quinn is cutting loose because she doesn’t want to be affiliated in any way, shape, or form, with anything to do with Andrew. Now, to be fair, I don’t think the Cambridges have anything shady going on with anything to do with Andrew. But I think, given the details of the way Catherine Quinn is leaving her position, she’s probably one of those people who doesn’t like to stay on in any place where she finds herself in a moral conflict. And continuing to work for the RF could easily be construed as condoning their behaviour, even in a very very distant way, and she doesn’t want to do that.

    Or, and again, I’m just spitballing here, maybe she saw the way the other staffer was let go, didn’t like it, and decided that she also wanted to quit. I don’t think there’s actually anything salacious with this at all, tbh. It could just be that the Cambridges are boring to work for, that Catherine Quinn thought she’d have a more exciting or interesting job, and then found that to not be the case, so she’s quitting. Quitting without anything lined up is what strikes me as off, but even that can be explained as something innocuous, so.

  30. Can’tbe says:

    First I don’t see why staff leaving any of the royals is necessarily a bad reflection on them. Any of them! It was a bad story with Meghan putting it to Kate doesn’t make it better. Until we hear things thrown by one or both it’s a dumb story.

    How can you put that picture of her in that suit and no one say how bad that outfit looks. Is this Celebitchy or what? I’ve mostly liked Kate’s outfits lately. Some are a bit boring, but this is just so twee to me.