A hundred employees of King Charles III would be fired

One hundred employees of King Charles III would be fired


Layoffs are 'inevitable' at Clarence House, the former official residence of Charles III in London, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday, in a hasty decision strongly criticized by a union. 

According to The Guardian, dozens of Clarence House staff have already received their dismissal letters. Around a hundred people work at Clarence House, some for decades.

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The Guardian reported on Monday that up to 100 staff at the king's former official residence, some of whom had worked there for decades, had been told they could lose their jobs after his accession to the throne.

The services of the king and queen consort will be transferred to Buckingham Palace after the accession to the throne of Charles III, who became king last Thursday after the death of his mother Elizabeth II.

“Following the accession to the throne last week, the operations of the household of the former Prince of Wales and the former Duchess of Cornwall have ceased and, as required by law, a consultation process has begun,” said Clarence House, contacted by AFP.

“Our staff have given long and loyal service and, although some layoffs are inevitable, we are working urgently to identify alternative roles for as many staff as possible,” Clarence House added.

< p>“Clarence House's decision to announce layoffs in a time of mourning is simply heartless,” reacted in a statement the general secretary of the PCS union.

“If changes were to be expected as roles evolve within the Royal Family, the scale and speed with which they have been announced is ruthless in the extreme,” the union adds.

The employees of Clarence House are not represented by a recognized trade union, notes however the Guardian.

According to the newspaper, the royal services had initially wanted to delay the announcement of the redundancies until after Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday. But after legal advice, it was reportedly decided to share the news as soon as possible.

All terminated employees will be offered 'enhanced' severance packages and none will be affected for at least three months, according to royal sources.