Catherine St-Laurent joined the charity in April 2020, but is no longer its leader and has instead taken on a purely advisory role at Archewell.
Despite this, her LinkedIn profile indicates that she is still the charity’s executive director – and chief of staff to Harry and Meghan.
It comes as Harry and Meghan have appointed Oscar-nominated producer Ben Browning to lead Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio, which are at the center of the couple’s Netflix and Spotify deals.
Before being poached by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Ms. St-Laurent worked for Bill Gates charity projects for eight years.
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Confirming her departure from her practical role, a spokesperson said, “She will continue to provide high-level strategic direction to Archewell, which she has helped launch and build over the past year.”
The announcement of St-Laurent’s departure came as it was revealed that James Holt, the couple’s UK representative, had been appointed CEO of Archewell.
The New York Post first reported the bombshell news of Ms. St-Laurent’s departure from Archewell.
It comes after the Sussexes lost various staff members while in the UK, including Meghan’s personal assistant, a communications manager and their private secretary.
The Times reported last month that Meghan had been accused of intimidating Kensington Palace staff in official complaints, but she denied any wrongdoing and called the allegations a “smear campaign”.
An investigation was opened after a senior palace official accused the Duchess of “unacceptable behavior” towards two personal assistants and undermined the trust of a third.
The complaint against Meghan was first filed in October 2018, by Jason Knauf, then Sussex communications secretary, who wrote in an email to a seasoned courtier: “I am very concerned that the Duchess could have intimidated two AMs out of the house. over the past year ”, calling his behavior“ totally unacceptable ”.
He added: “The Duchess seems determined to always have someone in her sights. ”
When hiring Ms. St-Laurent last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: “We are proud to be joined by Catherine St-Laurent in this next chapter with us.
“Her leadership and proven track record in two organizations that have a huge impact around the world – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Pivotal Ventures – make her an incredible asset and we are delighted to have her on our team. ”