The new staffer can already be seen at Meghan's side


Meghan Markle has her first dedicated palace staffer.

The new aide is Amy Pickerill, who transferred from the Kensington Palace press operation to the personal office of Prince Harry.

With the new title of Assistant Private Secretary to Prince Harry, she is providing support to Meghan, 36, during her public outings and her official work.

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Amy Pickerill with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Cardiff, Wales on Jan. 18, 2018.
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The change in offices has been planned for some time, PEOPLE understands, and Pickerill is being delegated to specifically assist Meghan.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Edinburgh
Amy Pickerill
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On January 9, Pickerill was seen near Meghan’s side as she and Harry stepped out at a radio station in Brixton, south London. (She can be seen taking flowers from Meghan in the video below.)

Then on Thursday, she was again a fixture throughout Meghan and Harry’s visit to Cardiff, Wales. (She’s standing a few feet behind Meghan in this video.)

At the time of the engagement announcement in November, palace sources said that Meghan would receive the support of private secretary Ed Lane Fox and his team. Now, Pickerill has been confirmed as an addition to that group.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff, Wales, UK - 18 Jan 2018
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She joined the palace after working in the banking sector. Her Linkedin profile notes that she graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in history in 2007, followed by a broadcast journalism degree from City University in 2009.