Are dozens of Clarence House employees losing their jobs? Supposedly around 100 employees of the new king Charles III. (73) informed of their possible dismissal. This is reported by the British newspaper The Guardian. The reason is apparently that the offices of Charles and the Queen Consort Camilla (75) after the death of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) move to Buckingham Palace.
The letters about the possible job loss therefore tumbled in on Monday during the service for the late Queen at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Private secretaries, financial experts, the communications team and household staff are affected.
The possible job loss is apparently unexpected for many. According to the report, numerous employees assumed that they would continue to work in the king's new office. A source told the Guardian: 'Everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the senior team. All employees have been working late into the night since Thursday in order to be able to cope with everything. People were visibly shaken by it.”
Final decisions on the layoffs are not expected to be made until after the Queen's state funeral (September 19, 2022). Dismissed employees should also be supported in finding alternative employment in other royal households or other jobs. In addition, they are said to be getting a severance payment that is above the legal minimum.
As his residence, King Charles III. continue to use Clarence House for the time being. This was previously reported by the “Independent”. The construction work at Buckingham Palace is not yet complete. The London landmark is considered the main residence of the monarchy, and Charles III. has already held a number of audiences there, including with Prime Minister Liz Truss (47) and cabinet members.
The £369m refurbishment program for the historic building will span ten years. Electrical, plumbing and heating installations are to be modernized. King Charles and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, are said to continue using nearby Clarence House as their home in the meantime. The current monarch moved into the former house of Queen Mum (1900-2002) in 2003. Charles and Camilla are said to have extensively renovated and redesigned the building to their liking. Among other things, pieces from Charles' art collection can be seen in it.
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