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King Charles III holds the Queen’s Private Secretary – known as an ‘axe man’ for his ability to deliver bad news – at his post
- The Queen’s Private Secretary, Sir Edward Young, will be held in office by King Charles
- Joined the royal household in 2004 and oversaw ‘Megxit’ deal with Sussexes
- Known as an ‘ax man’ for its ability to deliver bad news, particularly about austerity measures
- The staff of the king’s former official residence have been informed of redundancies
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He is known in the halls of the palace as a ‘hatchet man’ due to his ability to deliver bad news, particularly regarding job cuts, and it is thought that his skills will come in handy.
The new king, who is served by Private Secretary Sir Clive Alderton, already faces a challenge.
Last week it emerged that dozens of Clarence House staff had been made aware of layoffs during a service for the Queen at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral.
Up to 100 employees at the king’s former official residence were told they could lose their jobs.
Many employees, some of whom have worked there for decades, had hoped they would be merged into the king’s new office.
Sir Edward Young, Private Secretary to the Queen, (pictured) to be held by King Charles III
Dozens of staff at Clarence House, the former official residence of the King, (pictured) were informed of being fired during a service for the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh
But while some will be deployed elsewhere, others are likely to become obsolete. A letter from Sir Clive to staff reportedly said: “I understand this is disturbing news and I wanted to let you know what support is currently available.”
He added that staff providing “direct, close, personal support and advice” to the new king and queen consort would remain in office.
It is understood that a consultation period will begin today after the Queen’s funeral.
Sir Edward, 55, joined the Royal House in 2004 and was Assistant to the Queen and then Deputy Private Secretary before being promoted to his current position in 2017.
He was responsible for overseeing the ‘Megxit’ deal struck with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they left their jobs within the royal family to live in the US.