Duke and Duchess of Sussex lose another senior aide

The departure comes at a critical time for the Sussexes, as they prepare for the release of their Netflix documentary next week - Molly Darlington/Reuters
The departure comes at a critical time for the Sussexes, as they prepare for the release of their Netflix documentary next week - Molly Darlington/Reuters

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have lost another senior aide, The Telegraph can reveal.

Rebecca Sananes, who was named head of audio at Archewell in July 2021, has stepped down after just 18 months in the role, following the success of Archetypes, Meghan’s podcast, for which she was executive producer.

It comes after Mandana Dayani, who ran Archewell for less than 18 months, has also stepped down from her role as president by mutual agreement, and will not be replaced.

The Duke and Duchess will take “full lead” of their company, their spokesperson said.

Ms Sananes has recently changed her Twitter profile to remove a reference to her role at Archewell.

Sources suggested she was hired to produce Archetypes and that as such, her “transition was always intended”. It has not yet been decided whether a second series will be commissioned.

However, one source admitted that the timing was not ideal.

Meanwhile, Serena Regan has been hired to replace Ms Sananes as head of audio.

Rebecca Sananes has left Archewell after a year in post as head of audio
Rebecca Sananes has left Archewell after a year in post as head of audio

The departures come at a critical time for the Sussexes, as they prepare for the release of their Netflix documentary, as well as the publication of the Duke’s memoir, Spare, on Jan 10.

They are the latest in a string of senior women previously employed by the couple who have left after a relatively short period of employment.

Catherine St Laurent joined Archewell as director in April 2020 but left after just a year.

Toya Holness, their global secretary, joined in October 2020 but left in May this year.

An Archewell spokesman said Ms Dayani was hired during the Sussexes’ parental leave to move the company forward and had “continued to shape its vision and future successfully”.

They added: “Her transition was mutually planned, with intent for the Duke and Duchess to now take full lead of their company.

“There will be no replacement for this position, and Ms Dayani is fully supportive of the Duke and Duchess in their new leadership roles, and they remain friends.”