Kate Middleton on the hunt for social media whizz but William has ‘short fuse’, says expert

Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been searching for a social media whizz – but what are they like as bosses?

“I’ve seen a lot of staff come and go in my years covering the Royal Family and William is known to be a great boss,” says commentator Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story.

“He makes sure his staff are seen as much as possible as colleagues rather than employees. He’s very modern.

“The problem is that like most of his family, he does have a short fuse. We don’t see it much and we certainly haven’t seen it publicly in the way we have with Charles, Philip or Harry, all of whom have shown their anger.

“It’s rare but when something goes wrong, William can lose his temper and give the people who work for him a dressing down.

“There was an incident on a royal tour to Australia years ago when somebody shouted stuff out on a visit. William let rip at the team who had put the visit together.

“But William is known as a fair boss.”

According to Duncan, Kate would be the perfect boss, one who never loses her temper.

“It won’t surprise anyone to know that we’ve never heard of Kate losing her rag with anyone,” he says.

“And trust me, we do get to hear when these incidents with staff occur.

“The only suggestion to the contrary was trying to work out if it was Kate who made Meghan cry or vice versa.

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“I know which scenario I think is more likely because we’ve never ever heard of Kate shouting or upsetting anyone, whereas it’s no secret that the issue of members of staff being shouted at by an angry or stressed Meghan is likely to be the subject of a tribunal.”

Employees of William and Kate can expect to be given a Christmas gift, just as the Queen gives her employees a Christmas pudding and a voucher at Christmas.

“What they’re given is linked to how senior they are,” says Duncan. “The cap, certainly in recent times, has been £35 and staff are given a list of gifts to choose from.”

Whoever is appointed to the new role at Kensington Palace shouldn’t expect to get too close to the Duke and Duchess, says Duncan.

“Several times when William, Charles or Harry have become too close and reliant on a particular member of staff, whether that’s one of the key roles such as their private or press secretary, out of the blue they suddenly move on.

“I think there’s a deliberate protocol for rotating the roles so the royals don’t become too influenced by one adviser in particular. The highly regarded people are moved around every couple of years.

“This probably goes back hundreds of years. One of the things that’s dangerous for a member of the Royal Family is to become too reliant on a person who is not a royal.

“The exception is the Queen’s friend, Angela Kelly, who’s broken the mould in that respect. Her longevity in her role as dresser means she’s grown very close to the Queen.”

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