The shocking departure from Meghan Markle's personal assistant after just six months sent shock waves through the media last week. The royal aide was said to have an important role in dealing with the fall of Thomas Markle who did not attend his daughter's wedding in May. But why did he leave?
Personal assistant Meghan Markle left his position just six months after the Duchess of Sussex was officially welcomed to the royal kingdom after his marriage to Prince Harry.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, staff were identified only because Melissa was "a very talented person" and "played an important role in the success of the Royal Marriage" on May 19.
But it is not clear why he left his high position, although it is suspected that the busy nature of the role might play a role.
One source said: "This is really shocking.
"Why does he want to leave prestigious work so quickly."
The news came just a month after the couple announced that they were expecting their first child in the spring.
An unnamed source spoke to Richard Eden for the Daily Mail who said: "Melissa is a very talented person.
"He plays an important role in the success of Royal Marriage and will be missed by everyone in the Royal Household."
Melissa will be one of Meghan's closest helpers and is one of the many staff members who helped coordinate the duties of the kingdom of Prince Harry and Meghan.
The role of someone's assistant if important in helping with their schedule, coordinating the diary, arranging travel arrangements and correspondence management.
Meghan's other staff members include Amy Pickerell, her Assistant Secretary, someone who worked with her since the engagement was announced last November.
Samantha Cohen acts as Meghan and Prince's Private Secretary Harry until a permanent replacement for Edward Lane Fox is found.
Kensington Palace declined to comment on PA departure.
News of the departure followed reports that Meghan was "tearing up the rule book" and rocking the Royal family in the way he carried out his duties and his interactions with staff.
Duchess is said to send text to a royal maid containing ideas and requests – he reportedly babbling six or seven texts a day.
Palace sources told Mail on Sunday: "Meghan was told that she needed to start dressing less like a Hollywood star and more like a Royal."
Meghan reportedly raised eyebrows with a choice of bold fashions, including the dress she wore to Hamilton's musical hit, which showed off her knees – something the Queen reported.
The Duchess of Sussex has also thrown away tights on several occasions, although it has become a royal protocol for women who have to wear a pair of naked tights regardless of the weather.
And he regularly shows off his shoulders at official events, which are contrary to tradition not to wear an off-shoulder style or a more open style.