By Madeleine Luckel. Photo: Getty.
Kate Middleton’s longtime private secretary will be stepping down this summer, Kensington Palace has confirmed. Rebecca Deacon, who has worked for the Duchess of Cambridge since 2012, will be leaving her current role. During her tenure, Deacon has been Middleton’s go-to person for almost all matters. Her official responsibilities have included briefing the duchess for upcoming meetings and events, issuing official statements, and responding to any letters that she might receive.
“After a decade of service to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Rebecca Deacon will be stepping down as private secretary to the Duchess of Cambridge,” Kensington Palace’s statement read. “She plans to leave the household in the summer. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and support Rebecca has provided over the past ten years, and wish her well in the next phase of her career.”
Despite this instrumental position, the role of private secretary to a member of the British royal family is still a somewhat unfamiliar job title to many Americans. (If you’ve seen Netflix’s The Crown, try to remember the young Queen Elizabeth’s interactions with her own private secretaries in season one.)
Interested now? Before you send over your résumé, be warned that three longtime employees are apparently already in the running for the job. The contenders are Sophie Agnew, who currently works for Deacon; Natasha Archer, Middleton’s personal assistant; and Laura Baker, Prince William’s assistant private secretary. And chances are, considering Deacon’s own lengthy experience before stepping into the role, they may once again look to hire from within.
This story originally appeared on Vogue.
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