No less than 100 people should be made redundant.
According to reports from The Guardian.
Now that King Charles has ascended the throne, he and his wife – Queen Consort Camilla – are likely to move from their official residence at Clarence House in London to Buckingham Palace. But contrary to what some had believed, many of the staff who had served the king (then prince) at Clarence House will not be making the trip with him.
According The Guardian, up to 100 employees who were actively working on King’s transition to the new role were told of their layoffs on Monday. Household staff, along with private secretaries, communications staff and finance workers, were all told of their redundancies during the service of thanksgiving at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday.
Staff reportedly had no idea their jobs were linked to the Queen’s life and only learned of their dismissals when a letter arrived from the King’s chief aide, Sir Clive Alderton.
“The change in role for our directors will also mean a change for our household… The portfolio of work previously undertaken in this household supporting the former Prince of Wales’ personal interests, former business and household operations will no longer be carried out, and housekeeping…at Clarence House will be closed,” the letter to staff reportedly read. “It is therefore anticipated that the need for the positions primarily based at Clarence House, whose work supports these areas, will no longer be necessary.”
Some staff will remain in their posts, primarily those with personal ties to the King and Queen Consort. Those made redundant will likely be offered positions in other royal households or receive hefty redundancy payments.
While severance pay is expected to be above the national minimum, it is unclear how much will be offered to departing staff.
A period of consultation to determine the future of each member of staff will begin after the Queen’s funeral, which will take place next Monday.
Social media users were quick to criticize the timing of the dismissal, especially given the national state of mourning which has prevented many other aspects of life from continuing as normal.
So no happy music, no beeps on the tills, no right to protest, no right to question the cost of living crisis, but you can be royal and fire people during the time of mourning.
King Charles staff received redundancy notice during Queen’s church service https://t.co/naAdZaCrRi
— Rose Empower the Invisible Project💜 (@RoseEmpower) September 13, 2022
How difficult it is to fire your staff before the funeral has even taken place. King Charles eh such a modern king #NotMyKing
— Diane Cullimore 🌑 ME 🦊🦮🕊🦢 (@DNicoros) September 13, 2022
As the country suspended all sorts of activities as a mark of respect for the late Queen, Clarence House was eager to lay off staff. Shocking stuff. https://t.co/aL2RXqX3IZ
— Eunice Goes (@DrEuniceGoes) September 13, 2022
But while we patiently wait for Parliament to resume so we can already get a federal ICAC, rest assured that nothing – not even the Queen’s death – is stopping the layoffs.