In what might be taken as a reference to her relationship with Harry, who has spoken in the past about having Meghan working by his side, the duchess said during the debate: "This is really about us working together, that's what gender equality means to me". The two have "become close friends and they will see each other in the future", the source says.
Pregnant Meghan Markle has lost another staffer.
After leaving her position as Meghan's assistant private secretary, Pickerill plans to move overseas, PEOPLE confirms.
Amy Pickerill has been the "right hand woman" to Meghan after being handpicked to work for her and then officially appointed in February past year.
The Daily Mail's Richard Eden has reported that Amy Pickerill, who was appointed as the Duchess of Sussex's assistant private secretary just a year ago, will bail on her job after Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor this month.
A few months before the royal wedding in May of previous year however, she was forced to close all of them.
Amy first started her career at Kensington Palace as a press spokesperson and was "instrumental in helping the duchess adjust to her new life in the United Kingdom", the source shared before adding, "they have worked together for a while now and are close".
The Duchess of Sussex reportedly loses her third key aide before a move to Windsor later this month
She also joked about the impact her soon-to-be royal heir will have on society.
Now with just weeks until Meghan is due, losing yet another key player in the day-to-day running of the Sussex's royal lives could cause tension. Meghan's personal assistant Melissa Touabti resigned just six months into the job.
In December 2018, it was revealed that long time staff member Cohen would be leaving Kensington Palace.
Pickerill accompanied Harry and Meghan on their Australian Tour.
Cohen previously worked as private secretary to the Queen, but left in 2017 to join Prince Harry and his now-wife.
Cohen was also tasked with helping to establish a path forward for the former Suits star, who "needs to carve out a role that she is happy with or she will go insane", said the insider.