Clarence House staff ‘left shaking’ after being hit with redundancies

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The Guardian has revealed that hundreds of Clarence House employees were served notices of redundancy threats while they worked round-the-clock in the wake of King’s accession.

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The private secretary, the finance office, the communications team and other loyal domestic staff were among the recipients of the letter, while a thanksgiving service for the Queen was taking place at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday.

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) condemned the decision to declare redundancies during the mourning period, calling it “nothing short of unkind”.


Following the death of the Queen, Charles’ office would move from Clarence House to the nearby monarchy’s headquarters, Buckingham Palace.

The King’s top aide, his principal private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, said in a letter seen by The Guardian that the change in the roles of Charles and Camilla, now the Queen’s consort, meant Clarence House would be “closed”.

He said the personal interests and past activities of the former Prince of Wales would no longer be pursued.

The Guardian reported that employees were shocked and shaken by the announcement.

A Clarence House spokesman said: “Following last week’s accession, the home of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall has ceased operations and a consultation process has begun, as required by law.

“Our employees have provided long and loyal service and, while some redundancies will be inevitable, we are working urgently to identify alternative roles for the largest number of employees.”

Any employee being made redundant will be offered additional redundancy pay, and no employee will be affected for at least three months.

After her death the homes of the Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh were closed.

It is understood that despite efforts to delay the Queen’s funeral until after, the legal advice taken by the family requires information to be shared with staff at the earliest opportunity.

PCS Secretary General Mark Cervotka said: “Clarence House’s decision to announce redundancies during the period of mourning is nothing short of heartless.

“Self-similar staff have been working tirelessly to support the activities of the new King during this period and to ensure continuity in the estates of the Prince of Wales.

“While some changes were to be expected in households, as roles change in the Royal Family, the scale and speed at which the announcement has been made has peaked.

“Not least because we don’t know what staffing the visiting Prince of Wales and his family may need.

“PCS will continue to work with the royal families to ensure those employees have full job security.

“We remain committed to supporting allies in the estates of the wider Royal Family whose future has been thrown into turmoil by this announcement, at this already difficult time.”


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