“Everyone is furious”
Will King Charles Fire 100 Workers?
14/09/2022, 13:49 hrs
King Charles III experienced a rollercoaster ride of emotions after taking office. On the one hand, the hearts seem to go to him. On the other hand, if he reacts indignantly, he immediately gets it smeared on the royal bread. And the news that he’s planning layoffs made headlines, too.
Dozens of Clarence House employees may be at risk of losing their jobs. This also applied to employees of the new King Charles III. reportedly aware of her possible resignation. At least that is what the British newspaper “The Guardian” reports amid the turbulent first days of the monarch.
The reason for the impending spate of layoffs is that the offices of Charles and Queen Camilla will move to Buckingham Palace after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Up to 100 employees at the new king’s former residence have now been warned that they could lose their jobs, according to the Guardian. Among them would be some employees who have been working there for decades.
The letters about the potential job loss are said to have flown in Monday during the service for the late Queen at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Private secretaries, financial experts, the communications team and domestic workers would be affected.
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The possible dismissal is apparently unexpected for many employees. According to the report, many employees assumed they would continue to work in the king’s new office. An unnamed source told the Guardian: “Everyone is absolutely furious, including the private secretaries and the senior team. All staff have been working late into the night since Thursday to accommodate everything. People were visibly shocked by it.”
Final decisions on the layoffs are not expected to be made until after the Queen’s state funeral, which will take place on Monday. Dismissed employees must also be supported in finding other work at other royal houses or other jobs. In addition, they would receive severance pay that is above the legal minimum.
No move to Buckingham Palace
As his residence, King Charles III. will continue to use Clarence House for the time being. This was previously reported by the “Independent”. The current building work at Buckingham Palace is not yet complete.
London’s landmark is considered the primary residence of the monarchy. Charles III has held a number of audiences there, including with Prime Minister Liz Truss and cabinet members. The £369 million refurbishment program for the historic building will span ten years. Electrical, sanitary and heating installations need to be modernised.
The current King has lived in Clarence House since 2003. Charles and Camilla are said to have extensively renovated and redesigned the former home of Queen Mum, who died in 2002, to their liking. It includes pieces from Charles’s art collection.