It's a competitive world out there, and no-one knows that more than Prince William and Kate Middleton, who are currently mourning the loss of their Private Secretary, who has been pinched by Boris Johnson to go and work in the Cabinet Office.
Simon Case had worked as the Duke of Cambridge's right hand man in the royals' Kensington Palace office for almost two years, before being 'borrowed' by the government earlier this year to help them respond effectively to the coronavirus pandemic. He had previously worked in government prior to his royal role, including as a policy adviser within the Ministry of Defence.
Now, however, Case's move has been made permanent, with the 41-year-old being given the important job of Cabinet Secretary - making him head of the Civil Service. The role involves advising the prime minister, managing other senior civil servants, and leading on the implementation of government policies. So yeah, a pretty big deal.
Prince William will now be hunting for a new Private Secretary, not long after Kate Middleton had to hire one of her own. The Duchess' former right hand woman, Catherine Quinn, left the role of Private Secretary just after Christmas last year, following two years in the job. Former British Diplomat Hannah Cockburn-Logie was hired as her replacement in June this year.
Although we're sure Simon Case is sad to leave Prince William (and, you know, a job in an actual palace) he seems pretty chuffed with his new opportunity if his public statement is anything to go by.
"It is an honour to be appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. Over these few months of working on the Covid response, I have seen how much hard work is being done by the Civil Service to support the government and our country through unprecedented times," he said. "It is a privilege to come into this role to lead a Service that is working day in, day out to deliver for people right across the country."
Congrats on the promotion! Bad luck, Prince William.
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