Sara Latham, Meghan and Harryâ€™s new head of communications, boasts quite an impressive CV.
As well as acting as Hillary Clintonâ€™s former campaign advisor, Lathemâ€™sÂ also worked in the White House under Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, before moving to the UK as government affairs advisor at Microsoft Europe.
Additionally, she spent two years as special advisor to the late Tessa Jowell when she was culture secretary, during Tony Blairâ€™s tenure as Prime Minister.Â
The hire was an â€œinterestingâ€ one, says PR expert Nick Ede who thinks that the Sussexes are â€œquite politicalâ€ with the work they do.
Speaking onÂ Yahoo UKâ€˜s â€˜The Royal Boxâ€™, Ede says:Â â€œWe need somebody who has done crisis management because there are lots of occasions where potentially things could happen and the media could get hold of something and run away with it, and I think itâ€™s really important for somebody to be there and give them clear instructions on how things should be progressing.
â€œSo I think itâ€™s a very, very good hire and I think itâ€™s very interesting that theyâ€™ve gone this way.â€
Ede adds: â€œItâ€™s very important for them to hire someone who has worked with celebs, as [Meghan and Harry] are celebs.â€
Given some of the headlines about Meghan, in particular, over the past few months, crisis management is anÂ invaluable skill.Â Ms Latham will now be the person to tackle the media storm surrounding the duchessâ€™ relationship with her paternal family.
Samantha also plans to release a tell-all book to coincide with the babyâ€™s arrival.
Meghan also has a fraught relationship with her father. Itâ€™s believed that Meghan hasnâ€™t spoken to Thomas Markle Sr. sinceÂ her weddingÂ last May.
Since then Mr Markle has given numerous interviews to the press and TV channels, including sharing excerpts of a five-page letter Meghan wrote him in August last year.
While the palace has remained silent throughout the debacle, could Ms Latham bring a different PR approach to protect Meghan and Harry from any more negative press, especially where the Markles are concerned?
As the duke and duchess prepare for a new chapter in their lives, with a move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor and the birth of their first child, it makes sense to put a team in place before all of the changes.