The royal aide, who has filed a bullying complaint against the Duchess of Sussex, is due to step down as chief executive of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation.
Jason Knauf was working for the Sussexes as a communications secretary when he emailed his concerns about Meghan to Williams’ then private secretary in October 2018 to force Buckingham Palace to protect staff.
Later, his “outright” refusal to help Meghan write a letter to her estranged father helped her win her copyright claim against The Mail. On Sunday the High Court decided to have parts of the document published.
The American-born former corporate officer has worked for a number of institutions, from the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Office to the Treasury Department to the Royal Bank of Scotland. He became communications secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2015 before heading the press team for Meghan and Harry.
From March 2019, Mr. Knauf led a review of the foundation’s role and structure before becoming its chief executive officer in September of this year.
During his tenure, Mr. Knauf oversaw the launch of the Foundation’s Earthshot Award, Williams’ ambitious £ 50 million environmental award aimed at recognizing solutions, ideas and technologies that “fix the planet.”
He also steered the body’s response to the pandemic and set up a Response Fund that gave £ 1.8 million to support frontline workers and the nation’s mental health needs.
William and Kate said of Mr. Knauf, who is stepping down in late December, “We are very grateful for his hard work and dedication, both at the Royal Foundation and previously as our communications secretary.
“Since taking over as CEO, Jason has driven positive change and made our vision for our community service and the causes that matter most to us a reality.
“We’re sad to see him go, but we wish him all the best for his future career.”
Mr. Knauf said: “Working with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been the privilege of my career.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity to support your leadership in the UK and internationally.”