The Daily Telegraph

King’s former staff ‘shaken’ by sackings

- By Victoria Ward ROYAL CORRESPOND­ENT

ABOUT 100 members of staff at the King’s former household have received written notice of redundanci­es.

Employees at Clarence House, among them private secretarie­s, the finance office, the communicat­ions team and household staff, received written warning on Monday that household operations had ceased.

Many had worked for the King for decades, but a palace spokesman said that job losses were “unavoidabl­e”.

The news was relayed during the service of thanksgivi­ng for the late Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, as many worked around the clock to ensure the complex arrangemen­ts of Operation London Bridge unfolded as planned. The letter, sent by Sir Clive Alderton, the King’s principal private secretary, was said to have left staff “visibly shaken”.

Many are said to have assumed they would be amalgamate­d into the King’s new household.

One 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.”

A palace source insisted that “every effort” had been made to delay such moves until after the Queen’s funeral.

However, they said that legal advice taken by the household meant the informatio­n had to be shared at the earliest opportunit­y.

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