Prince Harry gives girl a hug during a walkabout in Birkenhead

Meghan Markle's bodyguard quits after less than a year on the job

Meghan Markle's bodyguard quits after less than a year on the job

Scotland Yard are actively looking for a replacement.

When a female police officer was appointed as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's chief bodyguard it was hailed as a groundbreaking move, but less than a year later she is to step down.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, told fans she was six months pregnant and due in late April or early May, reports said.

Before Harry and Meghan's morning walkabout, the royal couple checked out a new sculpture that was erected past year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen's death.

The Duchess of Sussex let slip more information about when we can expect the arrival of her first child with Prince Harry.

The female police officer has never been named for security reasons, but she was the bodyguard who was photographed leaping into action during a security scare in Fiji during the couple's royal tour previous year.

Meghan's former bodyguard was described as "brilliant" by her colleagues, and she was highly regarded in the force.

Meghan's bodyguard, who is thought to hold the rank of inspector, had replaced Sgt Bill Renshaw, Harry's long-standing head of security.

'Even though she was a famous actress, she could still do what she wanted in the way of getting around freely.

As Meghan settles into royal life, she has been undertaking solo appearances, but joined her husband in the town of Birkenhead in Merseyside to visit several community centres, and meet local military veterans and young people.

There has been no guidance either on where Meghan plans to have her baby.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is keen to raise the number of women in senior jobs.

Kensington Palace did not comment on the staffing changes.

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