Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce new press team as couple kick-start future plans | Royal | News
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just announced who will be taking on the new roles within their press team.Pinterest’s former communications lead Christine Schirmer will become the newly created role of head of communications, while Toya Holness will become the couple’s press secretary.
The two women joined the Sussexes team last month, according to an announcement by the couple’s PR firm, Sunshine Sachs.
Ms Schirmer will manage both Ms Holness and James Holt, who is leading communications in the UK.
The former Pinterest employer had been the platform’s head of communications since 2017.
She left the company in July, having been replaced by LeMia Jenkins.
Ms Holness has worked as director of corporate communications and marketing for Deluxe, a video creation and distribution company, and director of communications for New York City’s Department of Education.
When Meghan and Harry officially stood back as senior royals earlier this year, their staff was heavily scaled back.
Sara Latham, the couple’s former head of communications was moved to the Queen’s private office.
The Sussexes decided to keep James Holt to head up communications in the UK, as they no longer have a team based at Buckingham Palace.
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But the new team appointments are likely to do most of the groundwork for the couple, as they are based in LA – where the Sussex’s are now based.
PR agency Sunshine Sachs have handled Meghan and Harry’s publicity since they moved overseas.
The firm had originally been engaged to do communications to support the Sussex Royal Foundation.
But as the charity ceases to exist, due to the couple being unable to exploit their royal links.
As a result, the Sussexes have launched a new organisation, Archewell.
Catherine St-Laurent works as Chief of Staff to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, having landed the roll from the beginning of April.
She also services as Executive Director of Archewell.
Ms St-Laurent was previously a top staffer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and later became director of communications and then director of brand and special initiatives for Pivotal Ventures – a company set up by Melinda Gates.