King Charles is gearing up for an official move to Buckingham Palace, which means he’ll no longer be using Clarence House—his previous London Home. And apparently he’s not planning to take his former staff with him to the palace, because The Guardian reports that dozens of employees were given “redundancy notice” (aka, notice that they could be laid off).
Apparently, the King’s top aide Sir Clive Alderton gave notice to up to 100 staff members on Monday, including Clarence House’s communications team, several private secretaries, household staff, and the finance office.
The Guardian reports that some of the staff had worked with Charles for decades, and a source told the outlet “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.”
Staff who provide “direct, close, personal support and advice” to Charles and Camilla will stay on, and staff who are made redundant (aka laid off) will have assistance finding new jobs and a good redundancy payment (aka severance package).
A Clarence House spokesman told The Guardian, “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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