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Queen Elizabeth’s aide Samantha ‘The Panther’ Cohen to teach Meghan Markle how to be a Duchess

A no-nonsense Australian nicknamed ‘Samantha the Panther’ has been entrusted by the Queen to prepare Meghan Markle for life as a royal.

Samantha Cohen, 49, is Queen Elizabeth’s assistant private secretary, and has worked with the royal family for 17 years. 

Originally from Brisbane and married to a dentist, the mother-of-three is known as ‘The Panther’ for her feisty attitude.

Samantha Cohen, 49, is Queen Elizabeth’s assistant private secretary, and has worked with the royal family for 17 years 

Originally from Brisbane and married to a dentist, the mother-of-three is known as 'The Panther' for her feisty attitude 

Originally from Brisbane and married to a dentist, the mother-of-three is known as ‘The Panther’ for her feisty attitude 

Ms Cohen will move from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, where she will spend six months with the new Duchess of Sussex

Ms Cohen will move from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, where she will spend six months with the new Duchess of Sussex

After studying at the University of Queensland, Ms Cohen worked in civil service and public relations and joined Buckingham Palace in 2001.  

She answered a newspaper job advertisement for a media minder at the palace while she was on a trip to London almost 20 years ago. 

She became deputy press secretary in 2003, before getting the top job in 2007, becoming the first woman to be appointed in the role.

‘They really like Australians here,’ she told The Age in 2004.

‘We bring something to the job they quite like – enthusiasm, a can-do attitude.’

Ms Cohen had worked for Liberal ministers in both the Queensland and Federal governments, the Daily Telegraph reported.

She was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen in 2016.

Ms Cohen worked in civil service and public relations before joining Buckingham Palace in 2001

Ms Cohen worked in civil service and public relations before joining Buckingham Palace in 2001

She was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen in 2016

She was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by the Queen in 2016

Ms Cohen became deputy press secretary in 2003, before getting the top job in 2007, becoming the first woman to be appointed in the role

Ms Cohen became deputy press secretary in 2003, before getting the top job in 2007, becoming the first woman to be appointed in the role

Ms Cohen had worked for Liberal ministers in both the Queensland and Federal governments

Ms Cohen had worked for Liberal ministers in both the Queensland and Federal governments

Ms Cohen will move from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace, where she will spend six months with the new Duchess of Sussex.

‘It will be six months of listening. She is seeking out advice from a range of people. She is going to proceed with humility. It is not going to be quiet, though. It is going to be a very busy office. She has worked every day of her life. She is used to a demanding schedule,’ a source told The Times.   

She was at the royal wedding and is believed to have played a key role in preparing Meghan for a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday – the Duchess’ first appearance as Her Royal Highness. 

The garden party saw more than 6,000 people, all from the charities and military associations most closely linked with the Prince, descend on the grounds of Buckingham Palace for music, speeches – and, of course, a customary cup of tea and cucumber sandwich. 

Ms Cohen is described as being ‘deeply committed to serving the monarchy’.

Ms Cohen is described as being 'deeply committed to serving the monarchy'

Ms Cohen is described as being ‘deeply committed to serving the monarchy’



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