Kate Middleton's Right-Hand Woman Is Resigning From Her Post

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It's going to be a sad farewell at Kensington Palace. Kate Middleton's private secretary is stepping down this summer. Rebecca Deacon has served the royal family for more than a decade, and has been Kate's right-hand woman since 2012.

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As Hello! reports, Deacon has been by Kate's side since the year after she married Prince William, and the two have undoubtedly gotten very close over the years. It's been Rebecca's job to organize programs and engagements for the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as making sure she's been briefed on who she will meet at any given outing. 

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The 34-year-old has also worked for Prince Harry, specifically his charity Sentebale. She's been described as the "perfect companion" to Duchess Catherine, because "she is similar in age to Kate, is very organised and has lovely manners," as an insider once told the Mirror.

The insider also told the Mirror, "She knows when to stand back and let Kate meet the public and when to step forward and introduce herself." It sounds like this lady is going to be very difficult to replace.

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Rebecca is leaving the royal family for the best of reasons though -- she's reportedly engaged to Adam Priestly. The wedding is rumored to be this month, and thought to be taking place at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. Prince George was baptized in the chapel four years ago, and it's expected that the Cambridges will attend the nuptials.

Kensington Palace issued a statement to confirm the departure:

After a decade of service to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Rebecca Deacon will be stepping down as private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge. She plans to leave the household in the summer. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and support Rebecca has provided over the past ten years and wish her well in the next phase of her career.

It sounds like she's going to be a tough one to replace. We're sure that Kate will miss her dearly.

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