King Charles’s former butler says it’s ‘not a shock’ staff could lose their jobs

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,‘Trust me, this is no shock to the family.’,

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That was Grant Harold, the former butler of King Charles III when he was still Prince of Wales, telling the bbc It should come as no surprise that many members of the new monarch’s household staff are not joining her at Buckingham Palace.

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It comes in response to reports that more than 100 staff members serving Charles at his Clarence House residence in London received notices that they may be removed now that the new monarch and his wife, Camilla, are expected to be the Queen’s consort. Is. Move to Buckingham Palace.

Read more: Royal staff ‘livid’ and ‘shaken’ when King Charles moved to Buckingham Palace after learning they could lose their jobs: report

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The Guardian reported that staff at the royal residence next to St James’s Palace were “flaming” and “shaken” After receiving a letter from the king’s top aide on Monday while Britain was still in an official state of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II.

But Harold, who once worked at Charles’ residence at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, said he always knew his job could become obsolete if his employer became king.

“When I joined, I was fully aware that if [Queen Elizabeth] If passed, I will be redundant because my boss is no longer the Prince of Wales,” he said.

,‘When I joined, I knew full well that if [Queen Elizabeth] It’s gone I’ll be redundant because my boss is no longer the Prince of Wales.’,

“The good thing is, I know they’ll do everything they can to make sure people are put in positions where possible,” he said, “there will be people who want to retire or make a career change.” want.”

In fact, a notice shared on Monday said that the laid off royal staff will be able to find jobs at other royal family homes or elsewhere in Britain. They will also be offered an “advanced” redundancy paymentWhich in the UK is usually a calculated pay, which is calculated based on the salary of a specified employee and their length of service.

Clarence House has just over 100 full-time employees, According to the annual review of the royal residence from the beginning of this year, According to the Guardian report, those notified of possible layoffs on Monday included the offices of finance, communications and private secretaries as well as domestic workers. The 31 employees in the Office of Private Secretaries include private secretaries, administrators, researchers and similar staff. About the same number handles finance in the treasurer’s department, and 12 people work in the communications office. The 28 members of the household staff include four chefs, five house managers, three valet and dressers, and several butlers. in comparison, Latest Sovereign Grants Report said that Queen Elizabeth II employed 491 full-time employees.

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Anonymous sources reportedly told Guardian That many staff members of Clarence House had assumed that they would be added to the new Buckingham Palace household of the King. “Everyone is absolutely concerned, including the private secretaries and the senior team,” an insider told the UK newspaper.

And Mark Cervotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in the UK, which represents some palace workers, told the Guardian that the time was “Hard to the extreme.”

“While some changes were to be expected in the households in the form of a change in roles in the Royal Family, the scale and speed at which the announcement has been made is peaking,” he said. “At least because we don’t know what staff the visiting Prince of Wales and his family may need.”

The PCS also reportedly tweeted a statement saying, “The decision to announce redundancies in the #RoyalHousehold during the #mourning period is nothing short of heartless.”

But the BBC reported that Legal advice given to the king’s house That “the information needs to be shared with staff as soon as possible, despite efforts to delay it until after the Queen’s funeral.”

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