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Who's the Woman at Meghan Markle's Side? All About Her New Palace Aide

Simon Perry

Meghan Markle has her first dedicated palace staffer.

The new aide is Amy Pickerill, who transferred from the Kensington Palace press operation to the personal office of Prince Harry.

With the new title of Assistant Private Secretary to Prince Harry, she is providing support to Meghan, 36, during her public outings and her official work.

Amy Pickerill with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Cardiff, Wales on Jan. 18, 2018.

The change in offices has been planned for some time, PEOPLE understands, and Pickerill is being delegated to specifically assist Meghan.

Amy Pickerill

At the time of the engagement announcement in November, palace sources said that Meghan would receive the support of private secretary Ed Lane Fox and his team. Now, Pickerill has been confirmed as an addition to that group.

Amy Pickerill (right) with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Cardiff, Wales, on Jan. 18, 2008.

She joined the palace after working in the banking sector. Her Linkedin profile notes that she graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in history in 2007, followed by a broadcast journalism degree from City University in 2009.