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Cambridges hire new Communications Chief for Royal Foundation


Jamie Samhan / Royal Central

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have added a communications chief to their Royal Foundation as their charitable work continues to grow.

According to a report from the Evening Standard, a former government employee named Edwina Iddles has been named Chief Communications Officer to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The source, reportedly a close friend of Iddles’s, notes that it is her “dream job.”

Her LinkedIn profile, according to newspapers, include stints as a Parliamentary Assistant, the press officer for the UK Energy and Climate Change Department, and the Home Office. She also worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Iddles replaces Jason Knauf, the former Chief Communications Officer to William and Kate who has since been named the Chief Executive Officer. The former CEO, Lorraine Heggessey, departed the position in the summer.

Iddles’s LinkedIn notes that she started working for the Cambridges this month.

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was founded in 2009 by Princes William and Harry, initially acting as the charitable foundation for their work. When Kate married William, she became the third patron; and when Meghan married Harry, she became its fourth.

It was reported early last year that the Royal Foundation would be split, with Harry and Meghan moving to their own charitable foundation—tentatively, until confirmed by Buckingham Palace that they can continue using ‘royal’, titled Sussex Royal The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—and William and Kate retaining the existing foundation.

Since its pivot to strictly focusing on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charitable endeavours, the Royal Foundation focuses on the fields of mental health, conservation, early years, service, and young people.

Per its website, the Royal Foundation’s active projects include The Earthshot Prize, Heads Up, Early Years, Mentally Healthy Schools, Coach Core, Mental Health Innovations, Heads Together, Mental Health at Work, and the United for Wildlife Taskforce.

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.