Prince Charles has this week lost one of his key advisors, Communications Secretary Kristina Kyriacou.
Ms Kyriacou has a reputation for being fiercely protective over all of her clients. Before being appointed as Assistant Communications Secretary to the Prince in 2012, she had worked as an advisor for an array of stars in the music industry.
She has been credited as the person who launched George Michael’s solo career, and rebranded Cheryl Cole as a charity campaigner.
Ms Kyriacou first started working for the heir to the throne in 2012, when she was appointed as Assistant Communications Secretary at Clarence House on a part time basis.
She was then appointed Communications Secretary for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the start of this year. Reports suggest that Prince Charles personally intervened to ensure the role was given to her.
Out of all of the aides that work for the royal family, Ms Kyriacou is probably the best known after her clash with a television reporter in May of this year.
Michael Crick from Channel Four News, attempted to ask the Prince about whether the so called ‘black spider memos’ were unconstitutional when as he made his way to an engagement. However, when he attempted to ask the question, she ferociously grabbed the microphone out of Crick’s hand and threw it to the floor.
Ms Kyriacou, who has previously worked with some of the country’s biggest celebrities, is said to be ‘fiercely loyal’ to all of her clients, and he protective nature reportedly earned her the nickname ‘The Colonel’ by Gary Barlow.
She also was involved in big projects in fundraising sector, having spent six years working as the head of media and public relations at Comic Relief.
When she first started in 2012, where she was responsible for looking after the Prince’s charities.
Unlike all of the other royal the communications staff, rather than being based solely in Buckingham Palace, Kristina Kyriacou led her own separate team of five people at Clarence House.
It is currently unknown who her replacement will be, and whether or not Prince Charles’ communications team will remain at Clarence House, or will merge with the other members of the royal family’s teams at Buckingham Palace.