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Luxembourg’s Prime Minister forms special team to look into palace staff operations

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has appointed a special commission to look into the Grand Ducal Family’s staff operations and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s role, the Luxembourg media has reported.

At the end of June, Jeannot Waringo was appointed to be the “representative of the Prime Minister” to oversee how the Grand Ducal Court functions, allowing the government more control. The government wants more control over staff recruitment as they are paid for with tax money.

They will regularly review all pages of staff management and report to the Prime Minister. They can also advise reforms.

They particularly will be looking into how the Grand Ducal Court has lost more than 30 staff members since 2015. Sources, including a former staff member, told Luxembourg’s Reporter that Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has played a decisive role in the departure of the staff.

The government wants to know the power the Grand Duchess has in personnel decisions. A former employee told Reporter, “In case of doubt, the Grand Duchess is the contact person. She also conducts job interviews, even with personnel who are expressly not personally subordinated to her.”

The Grand Ducal Court has not yet commented.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.