The Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Mark Leishman, has resigned.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Leishman has left the role to move on to new opportunities, however, he is the fourth key royal aide to resign within the space of a few weeks.
Mr Leishman became Private Secretary to Charles and Camilla in 2009.
Prior to this, he had been Senior Deputy Private Secretary at Clarence House and has worked for Prince Charles since 2003.14 years ago, he joined Clarence House an Assistant Private Secretary with responsibility for HRH’s interests in Education, Health and in Scotland.
14 years ago, he joined Clarence House an Assistant Private Secretary with responsibility for the Prince’s interests in Education, Health and in Scotland.
Before working for The Royal Family, Mr Leishman worked for the BBC where he was Head of Public Policy for the Nations and Regions in London. Early on in his career, he worked for local newspapers and radio, before becoming a BBC News Presenter.
A wave of senior palace officials have resigned in the past couple of weeks. A few weeks ago, Buckingham Palace announced that Edward Young would become Her Majesty’s new Private Secretary replacing Sir Christopher Geidt.
The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary, Samantha Cohen, also resigned following the announcement of Sir Christopher’s departure.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Private Secretary, Rebecca Priestly, has also left her position.
Sources from the Royal Household say that more resignations of senior staff in the Royal Households follow.
Sir Christopher has long fought to unify the households. However, this has not always gone to plan. Recent attempts to get merge the press offices of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace has been a notable favour.
Miguel Head, Prince William’s Private Secretary, has served the Cambridge’s for a decade. He has, however, said he never intended to be a “palace lifter” and that he “feels his time is up”. However, Kensington Place has insisted he has not quit.
Edward Lane Fox, Prince Harry’s private secretary, is also said to be considering to leave.