Now that they have left Canada and moved permanently to Los Angeles, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to be moving forward with their new life after the Megxit. In just a few hours, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially be private citizens, and the couple have already hired someone to run their new charity.
According to Page Six, Harry and Meghan poached one of Bill and Melinda Gates’ best employees, Catherine St-Laurent, as chief of staff and executive director of their unnamed not-for-profit organization. The couple originally planned to use Sussex Royal as a brand, but Queen Elizabeth vetoed the idea. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Hire Top Melinda Gates Staffer As Chief Of Staff For Their New Charity
St-Laurent is a mother of two and is currently the director of the Melinda Gates Foundation for Women and Families, known as Pivotal Ventures.
“After almost 9 years alongside Melinda and the Gates Foundation and Pivotal Ventures teams, I am moving to a new chapter and I wanted to make sure to share my contact details so that we can stay in touch,” writes St- Laurent in an email to friends and colleagues. “Starting next week, I will act as chief of staff and executive director of the new non-profit business for Meghan M and Harry.”
St-Laurent went on to say that Harry and Meghan are entering a new chapter in their lives, and she is delighted to play a supporting role in achieving their vision and helping them make an impact on the issues that matter most for them.
St-Laurent was the strategic manager for Melinda Gates for numerous campaigns focused on women around the world, including the 20-20 family planning plan. This was launched in London in 2012 with former Prime Minister David Cameron and other world leaders to help make contraception available to 120 million women who did not have access to birth control.