Her departure from Buckingham Palace earlier this year came amid a string of resignations, prompting allegations that the Duchess of Sussex was difficult to work with.
But Amy Pickerill, the Duchess’s former assistant private secretary, was on hand to support her this week as she launched her fashion collection, scotching any rumours of a rift.
Miss Pickerill, who was often pictured alongside the Duchess on walkabouts, told the Telegraph’s head of fashion that she wanted to “support” the royal as she launched her Smart Works capsule wardrobe and said she thought the project was fantastic
She had a prime seat at the London launch, alongside another close friend of the Duchess who works for eBay, and received a warm hug from Meghan as she left.
The women suggested that the slew of negative headlines about her had been very “unfair” and not at all representative of her character.
Miss Pickerill, a history graduate from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, joined the Duchess’s team in 2018, helping her transition into the role of a full-time working royal.
She could often be spotted collecting armfuls of flowers and gifts given to Meghan by members of the public and was also in charge of her diary, briefing her on every engagement and helping to organise charity projects, including the cookbook published to raise money for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Miss Pickerill had previously worked in the press office at Kensington Palace press is said to have been handpicked to work with the Duchess. She was pictured at Heathrow airport, picking up the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, ahead of the Royal wedding.
She left the household in the Spring, when the Duke and Duchess moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
But her decision to step down followed similar decisions by other key members of staff, leading to a slew of allegations that the Duchess was difficult
The rumours began circulating after Melissa Touabti, the Duchess’s personal assistant, quit after six months in the job.
Then, in January, her new female bodyguard stepped down. Her resignation was followed by that of Miss Pickerill as well as that of another assistant private secretary, Heather Wong.
The Sussex’s have since recruited a series of staff into key positions within the household.