Long before she married Prince Harry and became a duchess, Meghan Markle was a proud feminist working to create change. As a young girl, she wrote a letter about a sexist television commercial that was so effective the company rewrote the ad's slogan. She served as a U.N. Women ambassador while still working as an actor and promoted numerous women's causes. In Glamour, back in 2017, she wrote about 10 women who changed her life. And during an engagement early last year, Markle confirmed that her husband is also a feminist.
So it really should come as no surprise that the Sussexes are making history by becoming the first royals with an all-female senior staff. Their most recent hire is Fiona Mcilwham, who will serve as Markle and Harry's private secretary (basically their chief of staff). She's joined by Heather Wong, the Sussexes' assistant private secretary, and Sarah Latham, the head of communications. Let's learn a little bit more about each woman.
Fiona Mcilwham, private secretary
Mcilwham describes herself on Twitter as a "diplomat and wannabe supermum." She became one of the youngest British ambassadors with a 2009 post to Albania and also worked with the European Union. People reports that one of her first major projects will be the Sussex family's fall tour in Africa.
Heather Wong, assistant private secretary
As assistant private secretary for Markle and Prince Harry, Wong helps build strategic initiatives across issues like HIV/AIDS, youth engagement in the Commonwealth, and mental health. Prior to this job, she worked in the Obama administration as a political appointee.
Sara Latham, head of communications
Latham is a dual British and American citizen and has a background in politics on both sides of the pond. She's worked with Hillary and Bill Clinton as well as Barack Obama and in addition to a major British public relations firm.
"Harry and Meghan have felt frustrated by the one-size-fits-all approach to being a working royal and are aiming their star far higher," a royal source told Express UK. “It is clear they think Fiona is the person to do that. Internally, the hope is, as someone with enormous diplomatic experience, she will also understand that, whether you like it or not, there are limitations to being a royal for a very good reason.”
The Daily Mail reports that there are also two female press officers and a "team of female private office employees" on Markle and Harry's official payroll. They do, however, reportedly have a man in charge of internal publicity, including the Sussex Royal Instagram account.
Originally Appeared on Glamour