King Charles III has notified the dismissal of almost a hundred workers at Clarence House, his official residence while he was Prince of Wales, at a time when his office and that of the queen consort Camila are moving to Buckingham Palace after the death of Elizabeth II.
Up to 100 employees of the royal residence, including some who have worked there for decades, were notified on Monday that they could lose their jobs just as they were moving the kings to their new residence, according to the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’.
Warranted workers include Clarence House’s private secretaries, communications team, finance office and domestic staff. They received the notification when the first farewell mass was being celebrated in Edinburgh in the presence of the remains of the late queen of England.
Most of the staff members had assumed that they would merge into the king’s new household, claiming that they were given no indication of what might happen until they received a letter from the king’s chief aide, Clive Alderton.
“Everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the most experienced team. All staff have been working late every night since Thursday (the day Elizabeth II died) to come across this. People were visibly shocked by that,” a source close to the workers told ‘The Guardian’.
Alderton has stated that he is aware that the news is “disturbing” and has assured that certain personnel who provide “direct, close and personal support and advice” to Carlos and Camila would continue in the position.
In this sense, the king’s advisor thanked the “long and loyal” service to the workers of Clarence House, and has detailed that the possibility of alternative employment in other royal houses will be given to those who are dismissed.