ROYAL fans have been left hot under the collar after Meghan Markle stepped out with her new hunky new press secretary.
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is understood to have hired Christian Jones to handle her media affairs as she prepares to welcome her first child this spring.
It comes after the pair were spotted leaving a posh Italian restaurant in Notting Hill, west London, on Friday.
Jones’ official title is Deputy Communications Secretary and works for both Meghan and Harry – as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, according to E! News.
It appears it’s not just the royals who have taken a shine to the monarchy’s latest appointment.
Social media users were quick to express their delight – branding Jones a “hottie” and even teased Harry to watch his back.
Twitter user Elizabeth Cotignola tweeted a picture of Jones and a friend, saying: “We need to talk about Meghan Markle’s new press secretary.”
One said: “Press secretary is cute”, while another wrote: “What a hottie.”
Another tweeted: “Careful Harry, Meghan has a new younger handsome man around now.”
One teased: “He looks like that a guy from Toronto she used to date, #princeharry better watch out!!”
According to his LinkedIn, Jones has worked for the royals since December after almost seven years of experience working with two Government departments.
The Cardiff University graduate was the former Brexit speechwriter for David Davis at the Department for Exiting the European Union.
He was in the role from October 2016 to September 2017 before taking up the position of the department’s press secretary.
Before that, he was chief press officer at the Treasury from November 2014 to October 2016 serving under George Osborne and Chancellor Philip Hammond.
In his new role, which was advertised publicly, he will liaise with British and international media as well support the royals’ charitable work and engagements.
His appointment comes after a number of Meghan’s staff reportedly quit after she was branded “Duchess Difficult” by Palace insiders.
She’s been accused of “dictatorial” behaviour and sending 5am emails – as two of her aides announced they would quit at the end of last year.
Samantha Cohen, 50, who has served as communications secretary, will leave her role after the birth of their child in spring.
She has worked for the royal family for 17 years.
Another high profile aide for Meghan, Melissa Toubati, 39, sensationally resigned just six months after the royal wedding.
The French assistant who played a “pivotal role in the success of the Royal Wedding” ditched her appointment after “putting up with a lot”.
And most recently, it was reported that Meghan’s chief protection officer – who hasn’t been named publicly – is also stepping down from her role.
Kensington Palace are yet to comment on the latest appointment.
Source: The Sun UK