Revealed: How Meghan’s Canadian ‘fixer’ is responsible for her and Harry hiring their controversial
Meghan Markle’s closest male friend helped pick her controversial new press chief, according to The Mail on Sunday.
Canadian Markus Anderson, 41, personally recommended powerful political PR ‘guru’ Sara Latham as Meghan and Harry’s new £140,000-a-year communications chief.
Mr Anderson – a former waiter –has known the Duchess of Sussex since before her relationship with Prince Harry.
A global consultant for the Soho House private members’ clubs group, he arranged for Meghan and Harry to meet secretly at the company’s properties in Toronto, London and Somerset during their courtship.
The appointment of Ms Latham, 48, has caused controversy as she has represented some of the world’s most prominent Left-leaning politicians, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and the late Labour Minister Tessa Jowell.
A former senior Palace official is also believed to have been influential in the appointment.
‘Sara and Markus move in the same circles,’ said an insider. ‘Sara is liberal like Meghan and has spent her life working with politicians on the Left. Markus is aware of how brilliant she is and helped pick her for Meghan because they share the same views. Sara is super-qualified, well-connected and very discreet.’
The appointment of Ms Latham, 48, has caused controversy as she has represented some of the world’s most prominent Left-leaning politicians, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair and the late Labour Minister Tessa Jowell
Ms Latham worked for PR agency Freuds from 2003 to 2005. She returned last August as a senior managing partner and is close to agency founder Matthew Freud. Mr Freud is a close friend of Soho House founder Nick Jones.
A source said: ‘Freuds regularly holds events at Soho House properties and Markus and Sara have been in each other’s orbit for some time and he is very aware of her reputation.
‘Markus is very protective of Meghan. When Meghan started getting negative press, it was natural that he would want to find her the best representation. And Sara is the best.’
Ms Latham’s CV is impressive, if unusually political, for a Royal press chief.
Born in Virginia, she obtained a degree in fine arts before starting work in Bill Clinton’s White House. A source who knew her then describes her as a ‘whip smart’ woman who ‘rose quickly through the ranks because of her intelligence, loyalty and discretion’.
A source said: 'Sara is liberal like Meghan and has spent her life working with politicians on the Left.
Markus is aware of how brilliant she is and helped pick her for Meghan because they share the same views'
She later worked closely with Mr Blair during his 2005 General Election campaign and was a managing director of Philip Gould Associates, the PR firm set up by the late Lord Gould, one of Blair’s closest advisors, before working for Blair’s Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. After returning to the US, she worked with the Clintons, running Mrs Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential bid.
Ms Latham has made no secret of her loathing for Donald Trump, branding him ‘misogynistic’. ‘She’s a political operative of the highest order,’ a Washington source added.
‘It’s an unusual move for her to enter the world of royalty but it’s a clear sign Meghan and Harry have plans on a global scale which will involve political manoeuvring behind the scenes which is Sara’s forte. She is devoted to liberal and philanthropic causes.’
Ms Latham is expected to move into her new offices at Buckingham Palace within days following last week’s announcement that William and Kate were splitting their offices from Meghan and Harry’s.
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My view: All the people Sara Latham has worked with have all got scandals, big mistake. Just Google her name and everything will come up. This is the beginning of juicy scandals that'll surround Meghan and her BFFs fixers especially ex waiter Markus Anderson the real power behind Meghan, they all have their agenda. It is sad that Prince Harry can't even pick his own staff, he can't see through his wife and some of her friends. Meghan has turned Harry into her puppet, he doesn't have his own mind. There's no PR guru that can change public opinion about Meghan, because she started her journey to the royal ladder with lies. There's a love triangle relationship brewing.
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