Queen’s ex-aide who helped Meghan Markle into royal life could be Boris Johnson’s new No10 supremo to fix Partygate


BORIS Johnson is looking to hire Meghan Markle’s former aide as his powerful new supremo in No10 to stop another Partygate crisis.

Samantha Cohen is being lined up as the PM’s “gatekeeper” to get a grip on Downing Street and head off potential disasters.

Meghan Markle, Samantha Cohen and The Queen
Samantha Cohen at the Sussex’s wedding in 2018

Nicknamed “Samantha the Pantha”, the 53-year-old Aussie was a long time press guru for the Queen before being seconded to Kensington Palace in 2018.

Tasked with showing the Duchess of Sussex the ropes, she took on the ultimately doomed job of trying to prepare Meghan for life in the Firm.

But her new role involves bringing discipline and focus to the court of BoJo following a string of blunders that have rocked his premiership.

The PM has already overhauled parts of his top team by recruiting new chief of staff Steve Barclay and PR man Guto Harri.

He also cleared out the whips office and installed two old pals to quash the Tory mutiny in a mini-reshuffle this week. 

If brought in as Mr Johnson’s “gatekeeper” Ms Cohen would control access to the PM to give the No10 operation focus.

Ms Cohen left Meghan’s side after 18 months following accusations the Duchess had bullied staff, which is denied. 

Since 2020 she has been chief executive of the Commonwealth trust since 2020.

Reports suggest that while on a trip to London in 2001 Ms Cohen came across a job ad for a media minder at the Buckingham Palace press office.

She applied and landed the role, and has worked for the royal family ever since.

She quickly rose to the private office at the palace, and was the Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen from 2011 until 2018.

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