When social laws are swift, even actual mourning can’t do anything about it. A hundred employees of Clarence House, which still remains the home of King Charles III and his wife Camilla, have already received notice of possible dismissal.
On Monday, as a memorial ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II took place at St. Giles ‘Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to The Guardian, Charles’ private secretaries, his finance department, his communications team and the maids received a letter from Sir Clive Alderton, the king’s chief adviser, telling them that changes were coming, some of which could lead to dismissal. “The change of role of our principals will also mean a change for our home … The portfolio of work previously carried out on this home in support of the former Prince of Wales’ personal interests, previous activities and maintenance operations will not be more turns. (…) It is therefore expected that positions based primarily on Clarence House, whose work supports these areas, will no longer be needed. “, he wrote. And to add:” I understand that this is destabilizing news and I wanted to inform you of the support that is available at this stage. “
A spokesperson for Clarence House confirmed the information: following the inauguration of Prince Charles as king, “the activities of the home of the former Prince of Wales and the former Duchess of Cornwall have ceased and, as required by law, a consultation process. Our staff have provided long and loyal service and, although some redundancies are inevitable, we are working urgently to identify alternative roles for as many employees as possible ”.
“They are all absolutely furious”
Amazement among the staff, who since the death of the sovereign, Thursday evening, have worked night and day to ensure good conditions for the royal succession. Some have been in the service of Prince Charles for many years. “Everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the management team. All the staff have been working late every night since Thursday, just to deal with this. People were visibly shaken by this news, “a staff member told the British newspaper.
As required by law, a period of consultation with staff is to open after the monarch’s state funeral on Monday. Employees will be offered alternative work in one of the royal families or assistance in finding work elsewhere, with an “improved” severance pay than the legal minimum. The law provides that such indemnity, like notice, is proportional to the seniority of the employee.
However, it is not yet known where the king and queen consort will live. Clarence House may remain the couple’s London home, as Buckingham and its daunting renovations are reserved for official monarchy obligations. Charles moved to this house near Buckingham in 2003, following the death of the Queen Mother, who had occupied it since 1953. Elizabeth II lived in Windsor, 35km west of the capital, where Prince William and his had just settled. wife Kate.
So far, according to the annual inventory, Charles’ private offices have employed the equivalent of 101 full-time people. Four times less than the queen who employed 491 full-time people.
The king and queen consort also have a residence in Birkhall on the estate of Balmoral, Highgrove in Gloucestershire and Llwynywermod, a cottage in Wales. Charles is also expected to inherit Balmoral Castle, where the queen died, and Sandringham Castle, which traditionally hosts the royal family’s year-end celebrations.