King Charles’s staff
given redundancy notice during church service
for the Queen
Up to 100 employees at the
King’s former official residence,
Clarence House, have been given notice of their redundancy
as the offices of King Charles
and the Queen Consort move
to Buckingham Palace after
the death of the Queen.
The Guardian has learned that dozens of staff, some who have worked there for decades, received notification that they could lose their jobs - during the thanksgiving service for the Queen, at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday.
Many staff had assumed they would be merged into the King’s new household, and were unaware
of what was coming until the letter from Sir Clive Alderton,
the King’s top aide, arrived.
One source said:
Everybody is absolutely livid,
including private secretaries and
the senior team. All the staff have
been working late every night since Thursday, to be met with this.
People were visibly shaken by it.
The decision has been
also been described as
"nothing short of heartless"
by the civil service trade union PCS:
While some changes across
the households were to be expected ... the scale and speed at which this
has been announced is callous
in the extreme.
Mark Serwotka,
General secretary at PCS
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