Around 100 King Charles employees warned they could lose jobs

Around 100 loyal employees of King Charles III. Have been warned they could lose their jobs if his office moves to Buckingham Palace – leaving them “visibly shaken” and “absolutely furious”, according to one report.

The staff – some of whom have worked for Charles for decades – received an official written notice that their jobs were on the line during a thanksgiving service for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, according to The Guardian.

The staff at risk are based at Clarence House, the former royal household of the 73-year-old new monarch, which is a few minutes’ walk from his new headquarters, Buckingham Palace.

The new King’s chief aide-de-camp, Sir Clive Alderton, told staff that “the portfolio of work previously undertaken in this household to support the former Prince of Wales’ personal interests, previous activities and household operations is no longer there be carried out”.

That means “the household… at Clarence House will be closed,” he warned in a letter seen by The Guardian.

King Charles III waves to the crowd after leaving Clarence House on Wednesday.
King Charles III will soon bid farewell to many of his loyal associates who have served him for decades.
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“It is therefore expected that the need for posts primarily based in Clarence House, whose work supports these areas, will no longer be needed,” wrote the King’s private secretary.

“I appreciate that this is disturbing news,” he admitted, offering “support.”

Insiders told the British newspaper that the dedicated staff assumed they would remain part of Charles’ staff and said the news came as a complete shock as they had been working around the clock to facilitate Charles’ accession to the throne.

Clarence house.
The staff at risk are those based in Clarence House, Charles’ household as heir to the throne and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace.
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“Everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the executive team,” a source told The Guardian.

“All staff have been working late every night since Thursday to accommodate this. People were visibly shaken by it.”

An annual review last year found Clarence House employed the full-time equivalent of 101 people, according to the British newspaper.

It is not yet clear which employees will be laid off, the newspaper said. In his letter, Alderton said certain staffers who provide “direct, close, personal support and advice” to Charles and Queen Consort Camilla would remain.

A Clarence House spokesman confirmed to the British newspaper that “operations on the household of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have ceased”.

“Our employees have provided long and loyal service, and while some layoffs will be inevitable, we are working urgently to find alternative roles for as many employees as possible,” the representative said.

The royal family has yet to announce where Charles will live as king. Only parts of Buckingham Palace are habitable as it undergoes extensive restoration work that is expected to take years, The Guardian noted

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla leave Clarence House on Monday.
Clarence House confirmed that “operations on the household of the former Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have ceased”.
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However, the palace remains the headquarters of the monarchy and the official residence of the sovereign.

Charles also has residences at Birkhall on the Balmoral estate, Highgrove in Gloucestershire and Llwynywermod, a cottage in Wales.

He can also retain use of Windsor Castle and Sandringham House in Norfolk, both residences favored by his late mother. Around 100 King Charles employees warned they could lose jobs


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