The Queen’s Private Secretary is to step down in what is seen as a surprise resignation.
Sir Christopher Geidt worked for The Queen for ten years. His sudden departure is seen as apparently the first of a “slew” of staff member changes. It is rumoured that other senior officials will be leaving before Christmas, although this has not been confirmed by the Palace.
This restructuring is said to be a part of The Queen and Prince Philip’s preparation to hand over more duties to the younger royals as they step back. Prince Philip will be retiring next week, and The Queen will be stepping down from patronages in 20 organisations. However, she has no plan to retire or abdicate.
The Queen and Prince Charles are attempting to unite the younger royals and control what is seen as disharmony among the different Households.
Sir Christopher is allegedly a key figure in what is being called “Operation handover”.
Sources from the Royal Household say that his resignation will be followed by “two, maybe three more” senior figures.
A senior source from the household, as reported by the Daily Mail, said that “Sir Christopher’s departure is just the beginning. Major changes are afoot. Yes, it is a shake-up.”
It is expected that Sir Christopher will be replaced by his deputy Edward Young.
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 lifer” 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.
A close source also said: “This is a fascinating time with regard to the monarchy. The Crown is in transition, with Prince Philip retiring next week, with the Queen at 91 looking to hand over a number of patronages. The Prince of Wales is ready to step up to support Her Majesty in whatever capacity she should see fit. He has served her as the longest heir to the throne, and he will, of course, continue to do so.”