Sadie Rice has quit her job as housekeeper to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after it became “too demanding”.
Rice, 35, was in charge of cleaning, laundry, shopping and some of the cooking and the Royal’s current residence in Amner Hall, Norfolk. She has been working for the Duke and Duchess for two years.
However when she was asked to move with Kate and Will’s to Kensington Place, Rice packed in her £35,000 job.
A source at the Queen’s nearby Sandringham Estate told the Sun: “Sadie’s a hard worker but the job’s demands got too much, even for her. They wanted her to spend more time at Kensington Palace and her work was increasing all the time.
They added: “She wasn’t having a normal life outside work. Sadie’s serving her notice and it seems nothing will change her mind. It’s their loss.”
Kate and Will have been spending more time in London since enrolling Prince George at Thomas’s School in Battersea, south London. Rice’s resignation has come at a difficult time as it’s been reported that the couple are looking to increase their household staff.
It will also be a shame for Prince George and Princess Charlotte who were apparently fond of Rice. She worked closely with their nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion, and on occasions helped look after them.
Rice was already experienced in working for royalty when Kate and Will employed her. She had spent time working for Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Rice also previously worked as a maid in Buckingham Palace.
Back in 2015 the couple advertised the position, which Rice later filled, in The Lady magazine. The main duties were detailed as: “Cleaning all areas of the house to a high standard; caring for and maintaining the home owners’ clothing; cleaning silverware and glassware; purchasing groceries and general provisions for the house; and dealing with deliveries”. They also stressed the need for “discretion and loyalty”.
We wonder how easy it will be to find a replacement…