Daily Mail: Kate Middleton Reportedly Fires Longtime Loyal Aide after She Returned from Honeymoon
The effects of the Sussexes and Cambridge’s publicized split are being felt by their aides, and the latest victim is a longtime worker, Sophie Agnew.
Another staff member has been booted out of the Cambridge team, and this time, it is one of the most loyal aides.
As reported by the Daily Mail, 32-year-old Sophie Agnew has been relieved of her duties as an aide of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton during a visit to The Angela Marmont Centre For UK Biodiversity at Natural History Museum. | Photo: Getty Images
Before her exit, Sophie served as the head in charge of all of the duchess’ personal assistants.
The shocking news was revealed to the publication by a source close to the worker. To make things worse, the lay-off occurred shortly after Sophie returned from her honeymoon.
Sophie Agnew accompanies The Duchess as she visits Farms for City Children. | Photo: Getty Images
The anonymous insider said:
“Sophie worked so hard for Kate. She loved her job and made a lot of sacrifices. Sophie has only just got married and returned from her honeymoon.”
The source described the sudden dismissal as “shocking” and “unexpected,” calling it “extreme cost-cutting.”
Sophie Agnew seen during a visit by The Duchess of Cambridge to the Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre. | Photo: Getty Images
Sophie followed in the Duchess’ steps and graduated St. Andrews University with a major in art. She played a vital role in the daily flow of Kate’s schedule, and sometimes during their tours.
She joined the Cambridges during their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, and other international tours. She also helps them with a lot of menial jobs, Page Six reports.
Prince William and Kate arrive at Dunedin International Airport in Dunedin, New Zealand. | Photo: Getty Images
While the Cambridges have given no official reason, palace sources disclosed to the site that Sophie is a victim of the highly publicized break up between the Sussexes and Cambridges.
According to the anonymous palace insider, Sophie’s role in the palace became redundant after the brothers Prince William and Prince Harry split. As a result, she will not be replaced.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan attend a service marking the centenary of WW1 armistice at Westminster Abbey. | Photo: Getty Images
Unfortunately, Sophie isn’t the first aide to leave team Cambridge in the last two years. The duchess’ private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, quit in 2017. However, it wasn’t revealed what led to that decision.
Prince Harry, Prince William, and their wives were supposed to form the ‘Fab Four,’ but all that changed when the Sussexes announced their move from Kensington Palace.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate. | Photo: Getty Images
Soon after their move, Harry and Meghan split from the Royal Foundation. Sophie’s lay-off, however, isn’t the only big change that has emanated from the Cambridges’ side since the split of the Fab Four.
According to reports by PEOPLE, Prince William and Kate have revamped the Royal Foundation’s website, removing Harry and Meghan from their principals.
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough. | Photo: Getty Images
Also, the credit for establishing the charity goes to Prince William solely even though he created it with Prince Harry in 2009. Nevertheless, they have preserved Prince Harry and Meghan’s previous work.