The Duchess of Sussex received several bouquets of flowers (Picture: PA) The Duchess of Sussex is expecting her first child this spring (Picture: PA) It's Meghan and Harry's first joint visit of the year (Picture: AFP/Getty) The royals are in Birkenhead to celebrate the First World War poet Wilfred Owen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex laughed and smiled as they arrived in Merseyside for their first joint engagement of the year.
The following month, Meghan's personal assistant, Melissa Touabti, also announced she was quitting after just six months in the job.
Her outgoing bodyguard, an unnamed Scotland Yard inspector, was the first woman to hold such a key role in keeping the British royals safe, according to the Sunday Times UK, which first reported on her departure.
Her reason for leaving the high-profile position reportedly had to do with the challenging effects of Meghan's "wish to be seen as 'one of the people.'" If you recall, Meghan broke royal protocol quite a few times since becoming the Duchess of Sussex in May, heightening her security risk while performing actions commoners take for granted, like shutting auto doors and giving out hugs.
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According to The Sun, the female protection officer is the third close aide to stop working for Meghan in a little over two months.
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In October, she was with the couple on a Pacific tour when she helped rush the duchess out of a solo visit to a market in Fiji, cutting it short because of the crowds and sweltering conditions.
"Even though she was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely". But colleagues said the bodyguard was "brilliant" and had earned the role on merit.
Kensington Palace did not comment on the staffing changes.