End of the road. Jason Knauf, who has spent years working closely with Prince William and Duchess Kate, announced his departure from the Royal Foundation two months after accusing Meghan Markle of bullying.
“Working with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been the privilege of my career,” Knauf said in a statement on Wednesday, May 12, confirming his step down from his post. “I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have had to support their leadership in the U.K. and internationally. The months ahead will be the busiest time in the Foundation’s history with the first awards for The Earthshot Prize and more progress on our early childhood work. We have a lot to do with our amazing team and all of our partners.”
William, 38, and Kate, 39, first teamed up with Knauf in 2015, when he took on the role of communications secretary at Kensington Palace. Four years later, he rose up the ranks and became CEO of The Royal Foundation, which oversees all of the couple’s charitable work, particularly involving conservation and mental health. While addressing their devoted employee’s exit, the Cambridges called Knauf an “integral part” of their organization.
“We are immensely grateful for his hard work and commitment, both at The Royal Foundation and previously as our Communications Secretary,” the duo noted in a press release on Wednesday. “Since taking over as Chief…