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Prince Harry faces fresh blow as royal staffer quits post after 5 years working with Duke

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Prince Harry, who is facing a mounting backlash in the UK after he made damning comments against the Royal Family in his tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, has lost a key staff member. Heather Wong, who started working for the Duke as assistant private secretary in 2016, has decided to move on from the royal household.

Ms Wong worked for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex while they lived at Kensington Palace.

She often joined the couple on their royal engagements and assisted Meghan by carrying her handbag and accepting bouquets, presents and cards from well-wishers.

The royal staffer was one of the few aides kept on after Meghan and Harry announced they were stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family last year.

From April 3, 2020, Ms Wong was appointed executive director of Travalyst – a sustainable tourism initiative launched by Prince Harry in September 2019.

Travalyst is a collaboration between five companies – Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa – aimed at improving conservation efforts, protecting the environment and helping develop the economies of communities involved in the tourist industry.

The partnership ultimately aims at promoting sustainable tourism.

But less than a year after becoming the firm’s executive director, Ms Wong has decided to leave.

A filing at the UK registry Companies House confirms the “termination of a company appointment” of Heather Wong took place on February 28.

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It is not known why Ms Wong decided to leave the role but her LinkedIn account shows she has already secured a new job.

Her profile states she now works as chief of staff at Atomico, a private equity firm.

Before joining the royal household in September 2016, Ms Wong worked for Barack Obama’s administration.

She held positions as acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary of public affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security during Obama’s first term as President.

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Prince Harry first launched Travalyst in September 2019.

Speaking at the launch of the foundation in Amsterdam, the royal said the project was partly inspired by a seven-year-old boy he met on a working trip to the Caribbean, who told him: “Because of your country, my country’s coral reef is dying.”

The loss of Ms Wong is likely to come as a blow to Harry, who’s popularity ratings have plummeted since chatting to Oprah.

According to a new favourability polling of the Royal Family carried out between March 10 and 11.

Of the 1,664 British adults polled by YouGov, less than half of the Britons surveyed (45 percent) have a positive opinion of Prince Harry.

Those who regard him negatively are 48 percent, resulting in a net favourability score of -3.

This marks a major drop of 15 points since YouGov’s last favourability poll carried out between March 1 and 2.

When it comes to Meghan’s popularity, 31 percent of those polled, three in 10 people, have a positive opinion of her.

58 percent, or six in 10, have a negative view of the Duchess of Sussex after the Oprah interview.

Her net favourability score is now at -27, down from -14 she held 10 days ago.

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