With the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and her replacement at Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, dozens of royal staff, some of who, had been with the family for decades, have been told their jobs are at risk.
The letter telling staff at Clarence House, the former London residence for King Charles when he was the Prince Of Wales, arrived in staff inboxes as senior royals were attending a thanksgiving service for the Queen, at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh
A palace source told The Guardian: “Everybody is absolutely livid, including private secretaries and the senior team. All the staff have been working late every night since Thursday, to be met with this. People were visibly shaken by it.”
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A letter from Sir Clive Alderton, a top aide to King, told staff: “The change in role for our principals will also mean change for our household.
“The portfolio of work previously undertaken in this household supporting the former Prince of Wales’s personal interests, former activities and household operations will no longer be carried out,and the household … at Clarence House will be closed down.
“It is therefore expected that the need for the posts principally based at Clarence House, whose work supports these areas will no longer be needed.”
Staff were told that, wherever possible, they would be found alternative roles within the royal family’s various households, it’s understood that as many as 100 employees at the new King’s former official residence could lose their jobs.
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A Clarence House spokesman said: “Following last week’s accession, the operations of the household of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have ceased and, as required by law, a consultation process has begun.
“Our staff have given long and loyal service and, while some redundancies will be unavoidable, we are working urgently to identify alternative roles for the greatest number of staff.”
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According to a routine annual review earlier this year, the equivalent of 101 full-time staff, including job-shares, were employed at Clarence House, including four chefs, three valets and dressers and two butlers.
According to the most recent sovereign grant report, Her Majesty the Queen employed 491 full-time staff.
The Daily Star has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
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