Several claims have been made over the years that being on the staff of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before they stepped down as senior royals wasn’t the easiest of jobs. And now a book by Times journalist Valentine Low follows up on those allegations, revealing what staff reportedly went through and thought while working for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Here’s more on why Queen Elizabeth II’s longtime collaborator reportedly compared how he was dealing with Meghan and Harry to “how he was dealing with a bunch of teenagers.”
Samantha Cohen was born on January 16, 1970 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an Australian Member of the Royal Victorian Order as Commander and worked in the Royal Household for 18 years. Cohen began in 2001 in a junior position at Queen Elizabeth’s Press Office. She later rose to become head of royal communications.
The woman nicknamed “Samantha the Panther” then worked for eight years as the Queen’s assistant and assistant private secretary and was one of the monarch’s most trusted associates. In 2018 she became private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Low, who wrote the book Courtiers: The hidden power behind the crownShe opened up about how Cohen was allegedly treated when she became press secretary for Meghan and Harry and why she likened working for them to “dealing with teenagers”.
“When she first started, Harry knew her well and liked her and she liked Harry,” Low said during an episode of Palace Confidential. “Sam is an incredible problem solver, she’s a go-getter and she just found it really difficult. She was asked to do things a private secretary wouldn’t normally be asked to do and I think she was treated harshly. She was yelled at by Meghan… [and] said dealing with them was like dealing with a bunch of teenagers.”
Low added that a source told him Cohen felt that “[The Sussexes] were impossible and pushed them to their limits. She was unhappy.”
Cohen stepped down from her role with the royals in 2019.
In Low’s book, he also alleges that several of Harry and Meghan’s former employees who claim they were collectively bullied referred to themselves as the “Sussex Survivors Club”.
“Things eventually got so bad that Harry and Meghan’s team later dubbed themselves the Sussex Survivors Club,” Low wrote, adding, “Sources say the team had a scathing epithet for Meghan: a ‘narcissistic sociopath.’ .”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have denied claims they bullied staff, calling the allegations a “smear campaign”.
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