The Duchess of Sussex has parted ways with yet another employee – this time her long-time agent and advisor, Nick Collins.
Nick had been with Meghan (39) since her days on her TV series Suits and remained on her team after she met and married Prince Harry (36). He even helped her plot her way through the treacherous waters of Megxit.
But since forging a new career path for herself in the US, which includes her recent mega-million-dollar streaming deals with Netflix and Spotify, Meghan feels her relationship with Nick, who attended her and Harry’s wedding, has run its course.
According to sources, the split is amicable, and Nick will stay on as a consultant as the duchess seeks to hire new people and reshuffle her existing teams to support her non-profit organisation, Archewell, and her new business deals.
However, a Los Angeles source says the duchess’ latest move is a “strange development”.
“Nick has been a loyal friend and confidante for Meghan and Harry for the past few years. His expertise and knowledge of business matters in Hollywood and contact list are astonishing.
“While on paper she was not accepting work offers as an actress, other work opportunities and roles did come in through his agency The Gersh.
“Meghan insists she has no plans to act presently so he's not needed to negotiate deals. But make no mistake – acting and voiceover offers are flooding in to the couple. But now they will go to their production company and personal media team.”
The latest development comes after Catherine St-Laurent, the Sussexes’ executive director of Archewell, stepped down.
The Sussexes' right-hand woman in the US had been with the couple for less than a year when she quit, reportedly because she had to "fulfil more work than her job spec" insiders claim
In a blog post she shared on her LinkedIn profile she called it a “privilege” working for the couple and said she will be remaining on as an advisor.
Certainly, there is a lot of movement in the Sussex camp these days as they forge ahead with their new financially independent lives in the US.
Harry has landed two jobs in the private sector in the past few weeks: chief impact officer for mental-health startup BetterUp and a member of the Aspen Institute's Commission on Information Disorder, an organisation set up to tackle the problem of misinformation and fake news.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, tatler.com, the mirror.co.uk, thesun.co.uk