Kate Middleton lost her 'right-hand woman' right after becoming Princess of Wales

Kate Middleton's 'right-hand woman' stepped down from her role as private secretary just a month after Kate became the Princess of Wales

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Kate Middleton lost her private secretary when she stepped down from her role just a month after Kate became the Princess of Wales.


Kate Middleton's 'right-hand woman' and 'most trusted aide' stepped down as her role of private secretary not long after Kate became the Princess of Wales. On 9 September 2022, Kate had the title bestowed on her when her husband, Prince William, was created Prince of Wales by his father, King Charles III.

But soon after, their most trusted aide, Hannah Cockburn-Logie, stepped down as Kate's private secretary. 

According to information from Companies House, Hannah Cockburn-Logie is no longer working as a director of The Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales either. Paperwork confirmed that her employment terminated on October 31, 2022.

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During her role, Hannah - who has had the duty since June 2020 - was there to ensure the smooth running of Kate's day - from coordinating her correspondence to organizing her royal engagements.

She was also responsible for briefing Kate on any dignitaries or officials she might have been meeting, as well as accompanying her to any public meetings.

She became known as Kate's 'right-hand woman', but quit the role shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II for personal reasons, according to The Telegraph (opens in new tab).

Prior to taking on the role as private secretary, she already had established a relationship with the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as she accompanied them on their seven-day tour to India and Bhutan in April 2016.

Hannah has more than 20 years' worth of experience at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and she was even awarded an OBE for her efforts and work in improving Britain's relationship with India. A Kensington Palace source said, "Hannah is a fantastic, dynamic leader. Loyal and a skilled diplomat."

Kate Middleton

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Since Hannah's departure, Natalie Barrows, Kate's assistant private secretary, has stepped up, traveling with the royal pair to Boston last week and leading them on their first tour of the US in eight years. However, the palace is now advertising for a new private secretary.

During their recent trip to Boston, Kate visited Harvard University, where she looked incredible in a customized Emilia Wickstead blue houndstooth midi-dress. 

Kate stopped by The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University to learn more about what is being done in early child development, a cause very near to her heart.

She previously teamed up with Princess Anne to visit a similar center in the United Kingdom.

Robyn is a celebrity and entertainment journalist and editor with over eight years experience in the industry. As well as contributing regular to woman&home, she also often writes for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly and The Sun.