Kate Middleton’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy for anyone working in the Cambridge family home

Kate Middleton and Prince William value two essential skills when it comes to employees…

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Kate Middleton reportedly has a ‘zero tolerance’ police when it comes to anyone hoping to secure a highly-prestigious role. 

As senior members of The Firm, Kate Middleton and Prince William split their time between their London residence, Kensington Palace, and their Norfolk countryside home, Anmer Hall. And with two important households to maintain and three children to look after around their engagements, the team around them is critically important. Relying on them to help things run smoothly, employees working in either of the Cambridge family homes have a wonderful opportunity to support and gain valuable insight into the world of the Duke and Duchess.

Though according to the Daily Record, a job advert that was previously posted on the official Royal Household website for the role of Housekeeper for the Cambridge family revealed that there’s a few strict rules any employees must follow. Though the role was described as an “exciting responsibility” it seems that Duchess Kate and Prince William have no tolerance for gossip in their household. 

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In the advert the couple reportedly specified that applicants must be good at “maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion”. Whilst this may sound seriously strict, it likely won’t come as a surprise to many fans. With Prince William second in the royal line of succession and Kate the future Queen, it’s understandable that “confidentiality” should be second nature to anyone hoping to work for the couple. 

This is especially important in their households given concerns about potential leaks. This was supposedly the reason Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement about “stepping back” as senior royals was so sudden. Whilst last year Operation London Bridge, the plan for what happens when the Queen passes away was reportedly leaked.

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Despite the zero tolerance policy for indiscreet behavior, however, Duchess Kate and Prince William’s job advert also reveal just how much of a “positive and supportive team” applicants would be joining and how much they could learn in the role of Housekeeper.

"You will be a self-starter who also enjoys working collaboratively,” it stated before adding, "You will be keen to take on new challenges as these arise and develop your own knowledge and skills.”

Whilst the Royal Household website currently lists no vacancies at either of the Cambridge’s homes, these skills would also likely be highly valued by other members of the extended Royal Family too. So if you’re hoping to secure a coveted royal household role, keep an eye out for the next “exciting” opportunity for you and you could just be in luck! 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!