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British Royals

Major staffing changes underway in the Royal Household as some of the most senior aides quit

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There are major staffing changes underway in the Royal Household as two senior royal aides quit their positions within a matter of days of each other.

Julian Payne, Communications Secretary to the Prince of Wales, is to leave his position after five years in the job.

Mr Payne has been widely credited with helping both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall improve their public popularity rating with is much greater now than it was five years ago.

Mr Payne, who successfully encouraged the heir to the throne to make the most of social media, is understood to be quitting his role to become Chair of Corporate Affairs EMEA for Edelman.

The Duke of Cambridge will also see his most senior aide quit in the coming months.

Christian Jones, Acting Private Secretary to Prince William, is to leave his position at Kensington Palace to take up a role at private equity group Bridgepoint.

Mr Jones became Acting Private Secretary last year after William’s previous aide, Simon Case, was poached by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to become Cabinet Secretary.

Meanwhile, amidst all of the departures, Amanda McManus has returned to her role as the Duchess of Cornwall’s Private Secretary following a year-long sabbatical.