Up to 100 members of King Charles’ staff were told they could lose their jobs as he prepares to move to Buckingham Palace: report

King Charles, then Prince of Wales, delivers a speech during the ‘Pub is the Hub’ reception in Clarence House to mark the 5th anniversary of the project aimed at moving rural services into pubs on March 9, 2007 in London, England.Photo by Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/Getty Images

  • Members of King Charles’ staff have been told they could lose their jobs, according to The Guardian.

  • Clarence House employees were given redundancy notices this week during a service for the late queen, per the report.

  • The outlet also reported that many staff were under the impression they would be transitioning with Charles.

Dozens of longtime members of King Charles III’s staff at Clarence House are at risk of losing their jobs as the new king prepares to move palaces, The Guardian reported Tuesday.

Up to 100 employees were issued redundancy notices during the service for Queen Elizabeth II at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday, per the report. The notices come as employees at the king’s former official residence are working overtime to help him transition to life at Buckingham Palace.

Among those whose jobs are on the line are private secretaries, the finance office, members of the communications team, and household staff, The Guardian reported. The residence employs 101 full-time staff members, according to the Clarence House 2021-2022 annual review.

Many staff members were reportedly under the impression that they would be transitioning with Charles to his new household until they received a letter this week from the king’s top aide, Sir Clive Alderton.

The outlet viewed a copy of the letter which reportedly noted that the “change in role” for Charles would “also mean change for our household,” confirming that Clarence House will be closed down.

“It is therefore expected that the need for the posts principally based at Clarence House, whose work supports these areas will no longer be needed,” the letter read, quoting The Guardian report.

An anonymous source told the publication that employees are “absolutely livid.”

“All the staff have been working late every night since Thursday, to be met with this,” the person said. “People were visibly shaken by it.”

Alderton added that certain staff members who provide “direct, close, personal support and advice” to Charles and Camilla would maintain their roles, and he confirmed that no final decisions have been made yet. He said a consultation period will begin following the queen’s state funeral next week.

A spokesperson for Clarence House did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment but confirmed to The Guardian that “some redundancies will be unavoidable.” The representative added that the residence is “working urgently” to find alternative roles for as many staff as possible.

Staff who are let go are expected to be offered assistance in finding new jobs and an “enhanced” redundancy payment, according to the outlet.

The Royal Family has yet to confirm whether Charles and Camilla will ultimately live full-time at Buckingham Palace. According to The Guardian, there is speculation that the king, who is reportedly not keen on the residence, might use the palace for more official purposes, while maintaining Clarence House as his personal home.

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