Catherine Quinn, who has worked as Kate’s private secretary for the last two years, is moving on, the New York Post reports.
The parting is said to be amicable unlike last month’s abrupt departure of loyal aide Sophie Agnew, who had worked for the duchess for seven years, and who was canned after returning from her honeymoon.
The Oxford-educated Ms Quinn not only helped Kate with her appointments and engagements, but also worked on the future queen’s “early years” project helping children avoid addiction and crime later in life.
Ms Quinn’s decision to leave so soon was considered unusual because such appointments are usually years long.
Sources told the Daily Mail that Ms Quinn “wants more time for other interests.” She will be leaving just after Christmas.
“Catherine is a thoroughly lovely lady and has achieved a lot working for the duchess. But she simply wants to take a step back and focus again on her charity work,” a source told the Mail. “Working for the duchess was actually never a job she had ever thought of taking on as she was scaling down her commitments, but then it came up and she couldn’t resist.
“She has done an incredible job but just wants some more time for other interests and feels she has helped the duchess create a solid platform in order to move forward,” the source said. “Catherine has helped to created such a strong team around the duchess, sources say, that she feels it is a good time to move on. They are parting on the best of terms.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission