Staff at King Charles Clarence House could lose their jobs



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Around 100 people who worked for Prince Charles could now lose their jobs, a union said on Wednesday.

Staff at Clarence House, the King’s former official residence in London while he was Prince of Wales, The Guardian, citing an unnamed source, told them they could be fired on Monday. The notes were handed out during a service of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, the newspaper reported.

Among those at risk of losing their jobs are private secretaries and people working in finance and communications, he added.

The Public Service and Commercial Union (PCS) has called for an “immediate suspension of the dismissal process”. adding that some workers worked for decades.

“[The] The decision to announce the layoffs at the Royal Household during a time of national mourning is heartless,” the PCS said.

While staff protecting the royal family at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and other palaces are exempt from some labor laws, “it doesn’t appear to be Clarence House, so we will make sure every step is taken to protect staff who choose to join the PCS,” the union added.

As the reigning king, King Charles will move his official residence to Buckingham Palace.

And while some staffing changes were expected, the “level and speed” with which potential layoffs were announced was “striking in the extreme,” PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said in a statement.

Serwotka added that it is not clear what level of staff will be needed when Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, moves his offices to Clarence House.

“Many of these staff will be the same people who have supported the new King so diligently during this period of mourning, working very hard over the last few days to deliver the thank you notices,” the PCS added.

He said the union would visit Clarence House “as soon as possible” to inform staff of their legal rights and the support available to them.

Clarence House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.