As Royal Central announced that the Duchess of Cambridge would be losing her Private Secretary, Rebecca Deacon, many volunteered themselves as tribute in her place. Although we all know that the chances of an outsider being picked for the job are unlikely, what would it be like to take on the role (or any role for the Royal Family)?
Ms Deacon has worked for the Royal Family for ten years, and with the news of her upcoming wedding later this month, it seems less than a coincidence that this is also the time that she is calling it quits. While not confirmed, it would be safe to guess that she would like to start a family. Yet, accomplishing that with her career isn’t that easy.
Working for Royal Family takes long hours, working weekends when needed, not being home in time for dinner, and going wherever the family goes. Ms Deacon, for example, has the responsibility of coordinating the development of the official policy items that are important to the Duchess of Cambridge, and for ensuring those items are clearly and fully implemented. She also approves and restricts access to Kate and carries her coat/handbag/flowers/gifts. On tours, she would be up before the Duchess and in bed after her, together with the Press Secretaries. Engagements and Royal Tours only look glamorous, but mostly it is hard work; they aren’t the star of the show, but without them, the show would not go on.
With all the pressure, having a normal family life is next to impossible. You don’t plan your life; you operate around their timetable which is planned a year in advance.
Maternity leave would be granted, and as a mother herself, Kate would understand the sacrifice that any mother working for her would have to make, but ultimately it is their job, and a typical 9-5 schedule just isn’t possible. Some families would be able to make it work, but it certainly is not the classic ideal picture of a family life driving the kids to school and tucking them into bed each night.