Who Is Kate Middleton's New Right-Hand Woman?

Kate Middleton makes royal life look easy. Of course, she has a lot of help — we're looking at you, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo (her longterm nanny) — but she still manages to attend royal events with her husband, Prince William, speak out about Heads Together – a mental health initiative led by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — and be a mom to her three adorable children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

In February 2020, Kate explained that she has mommy guilt all of the time, just like anyone else. "Yes absolutely and anyone who doesn't as a mother is actually lying," Kate said on the "Happy Mum, Happy Baby" podcast. "There's such a pull, but I am such a hands-on mom, and whatever you're doing you want to make sure you're doing the uttermost best job you can for your children."

That being said, Kate has hired another person to help with her duties. The hiring comes mere months after Kate's private secretary, Catherine Quinn, quit after two years. So, who is the mystery woman? According to LinkedIn, Hannah Cockburn-Logie has stepped into the coveted role. Let's find out more.

Kate Middleton and Prince William have known Hannah Cockburn-Logie for many years

Kate Middleton hired Hannah Cockburn-Logie in June 2020 to be her private secretary, according to Cockburn-Logie's LinkedIn profile. As the Duchess of Cambridge's right-hand woman, Cockburn-Logie will be responsible for "helping Kate plan and schedule her appointments as well as accompany her during her engagements after lockdown requirements have been lifted," per People.

It's no surprise that Kate and Cockburn-Logie have history as the royal needs someone in her inner circle whom she can trust. Luckily, Cockburn-Logie is familiar with the royal family as she "led and organized" The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to India and Bhutan in 2016, according to People. Additionally, Cockburn-Logie wrote on her LinkedIn profile that she "was awarded an MVO [ a Royal Victorian Order] in 2008 for [her] work leading HM The Queen's visit to Slovenia." 

Cockburn-Logie's impressive resume doesn't stop there, though. She worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for almost 20 years, per LinkedIn, and her last position before working for Kate was Counsellor, Political and Engagement for the U.K. Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

Hannah Cockburn-Logie is grateful to have her 'work recognized'

Kate Middleton's new secretary, Hannah Cockburn-Logie, has been praised for her work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 2017, Cockburn-Logie was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to the U.K.-India relationship after Kate and William's tour," per People.

Cockburn-Logie — who "spent much of [her] career representing the UK overseas" before returning to London in June 2020, per LinkedIn — couldn't help but get emotional over the prestigious award. "I am absolutely over the moon, it is a real privilege and honor having worked so hard for the past few years in India," she told The Grimsby Telegraph in 2017.

"It is really nice to have your work recognized. I never imagined when I was at school that I would one day be recognized this way. I hope it shows that hard work pays off." Indeed, it does!

It seems safe to say that Cockburn-Logie will be a great addition to Kate's team, and we can't wait to see her shine.