Meghan Markle shared a tearful goodbye with her protection officer after she quit

Meghan Markle shared a tearful goodbye with her protection officer after she quit

It is understood that when the female protection officer revealed she was handing in her resignation there were “tears on both sides”.

The cop, who has not been named for security reasons, is said to have left not only the royal household, but also the Metropolitan Police.

The bodyguard, who is thought to hold the rank of inspector, was pictured leaping into action during a security scare in a market in Fiji in October.

But she has now quit after being in the job for only about six months, according to The Sunday Times.

It is understood both Meghan and the security officer were sad to part ways, after growing close in the months they worked together.

She is believed to have left the Metropolitan role due to "personal reasons".

The bodyguard had replaced Sgt Bill Renshaw, Harry’s long-standing head of security, who retired after more than 30 years in the force. Colleagues described her as “brilliant”.

A Scotland Yard source said of Meghan: “Unlike someone who has grown up in the Royal Family and has been used to close protection from an early age, having it can be quite constraining.

“Even though she was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely.

“But in her current role she can’t go anywhere without her protection team and that’s a massive constraining force on an individual like her.”

She is the third close aide to leave in a little over two months.

The couple’s private secretary Samantha Cohen, 49, was the first to jump ship when she announced she was going in November.

Known as Samantha the Panther, the tough Aussie had spent 17 years working for the Royal Family and was previously the Queen’s assistant private secretary and Press spokesperson.

She went to work for Meghan on a temporary basis before her wedding.

One of her key roles was said to be training Meghan in royal etiquette. It is thought the Duchess wanted to hire her full-time but she declined.

In December, Meghan’s personal assistant Melissa Touabti also announced she was quitting after just six months.

The French PA, 39, had previously worked for Robbie Williams but was said to be leaving the Royal household after reportedly “putting up with a lot”. Melissa had to handle the controversial build-up to the nuptials, as Meghan’s dad Thomas spoke publicly of not being invited.

When she quit, a Kensington Palace official said in tribute: “Melissa played a pivotal role in the success of the Royal Wedding and will be missed by everyone in the Royal Household.”

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