Royal Family’s head of PR ‘is to leave amidst Thomas Markle debacle’

The Royal Family’s PR chief is leaving her role amidst a significant shake-up of senior courtiers at Buckingham Palace, according to reports.

Sally Osman, Royal Director of Communications, would be the latest senior figure to leave her post following the resignation of the Queen’s top aide Sir Christopher Geidt, who claimed he was a victim of a power struggle last year.

In the past Ms Osman, 57, has led communications for a number of media companies including Sky, Sony and the BBC.

She was brought in Clarence House as Communications Secretary for the Prince of Wales in 2013 on a six-figure salary.

The departure, revealed by The Mail On Sunday , comes following a series of PR storms for the Royal Family around the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Yesterday, claims emerged the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t spoken to her father Thomas since his controversial interview with Good Morning Britain in which he revealed Prince Harry’s political views.

The 73-year-old, who was handed a £7,500 appearance fee, said the Royal was ‘open to Brexit’ and ‘wants people to give Trump a chance.’

He also discussed how his daughter told him she wished to have kids.

Mr Markle also made headlines shortly before the wedding when footage emerged of him staging paparazzi shots which were then reportedly sold for £100,000.

The US former TV lighting director then announced he would not be walking his 36-year-old daughter down the aisle because of his precarious heart conditions.

The breakdown in communications comes a week after Mr Markle took a dig at the Queen over her meeting with US President Donald Trump when he arrives in Britain in a fortnight.

He told TMZ on Tuesday: “If the Queen is willing to meet our arrogant and insensitive president she has no excuse not to meet me, I’m nowhere near as bad."

Meghan released a poignant statement after news broke her dad wouldn’t attend the wedding. She said: "Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding.

"I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support.

“Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday," she added.

Despite recent events, images emerged yesterday of the Duchess of Sussex looking happy and relaxed when she cheered on her husband at the Audi Polo Cup in Berkshire.

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She was wearing a checked shirt dress with brown sandals and with a hat and a pair of sunglasses.

Meghan was spotted chatting to a little girl dressed in a pink dress at the annual event.

The newlyweds have had a hectic schedule since marrying in May, with a number of royal visits.

This week they attended the the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, which they will take over the job of presenting from next year.

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