The Earl and Countess of Wessex are hiring! Find out how you can work for the royal couple

The Countess of Wessex and her husband, Prince Edward, are hiring an Assistant Private Secretary to assist them in organising their royal engagements.

The permanent position manages a team of program coordinators to create a weekly schedule for the couple, who are parents to Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James Viscount Severn, 12.

The potential candidate is expected to have sound knowledge of current affairs - and experience of working within the military or central government departments is an advantage.

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The advert

The advert on the royal family's website reads, 'The Household of The Earl and Countess of Wessex supports Their Royal Highnesses in all aspects of their official engagements and duties within the United Kingdom and overseas.

'Your responsibilities will be diverse, as you assist the Principal Private Secretary and the Private Secretary to The Countess of Wessex with the provision of advice in organising all aspects of official programmes for Their Royal Highnesses, including managing themed projects and patronages.

'Acting as lead in managing the weekly programming priorities, you will be responsible for providing continuity and programme management oversight in support of the Principal Private Secretary.

'Managing a small team of Programme Coordinators, you will supervise the detailed preparation and implementation of elements of TRH’s official programme.'

More royal duties for the Earl and Countess of Wessex?

There is speculation that the advert could suggest an increase in royal duties for the couple, both 55.

Last month, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward were called to co-host a Buckingham Palace reception with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the absence of the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The couple are also looking to hire a cook, with an annual salary of £21,500 to £23,000 per year.

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