Telegraph: Who’s Who in the Court of Prince Charles?

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Tue Nov 12 00:25:33 GMT 2013

Who’s Who in the Court of Prince Charles?
 From special adviser to head gardener, a look at 
who's who in Prince Charles's circle
By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter4:52PM GMT 11 Nov 2013

William Nye, Principal Private Secretary
The Prince of Wales’s right-hand man and the 
member of staff with whom he spends most time.
Mr Nye [who will inevitably become Sir William 
soon] has overall responsibility for the Prince’s 
household and also keeps an eye on the running of 
the Duchy of Cornwall, his private estate, and 
his residences at Highgrove and Birkhall.
Mr Nye, 47, studied economics at Cambridge and 
Yale before joining the Civil Service, advising 
David Cameron on national security before joining Clarence House in 2011.
Unlike his predecessor Sir Michael Peat, Mr Nye 
does not have the use of a grace-and-favour apartment in Kensington Palace.

Mark Leishman, Private Secretary
Grandson of the BBC founder Lord Reith (who was a 
big fan of Hitler in the 1930s*,_1st_Baron_Reith#Pro-fascist_sympathies), 
the Scot, who joined Clarence House in 2009, 
manages the Prince’s private office, supervises 
engagements and has special responsibility for Scotland, Health and Education.
The 51-year-old began his career as a local 
newspaper reporter in Fife and eventually became 
a TV presenter and later the head of PR for BBC Scotland.
He is also in tune with the Prince’s love of 
organic food, as his wife Fiona used to run 
Gordon Ramsay’s Amaryllis restaurant in Glasgow.

Michael Fawcett
The man who made himself indispensable as the 
Prince’s valet, before his temporary exile in 
2003 after the exposure of his role in selling 
royal gifts received by the Prince earned him the 
nickname “Fawcett the Fence”.
The Prince, however, insisted he could not do 
without Mr Fawcett, who now runs his own catering 
company which is used for much of the Prince’s 
official and private entertaining.
He remains one of the Prince’s closest 
confidantes and was made project manager of 
Dumfries House, the Prince’s pet heritage 
project, to raise funds for its £45m restoration. 
He was also allowed to have his 50th birthday 
party at the Ayrshire mansion last year.

Wing Commander Richard Pattle, Master of the Household
A former RAF helicopter pilot who flew in 
Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq, Wing Commander 
Pattle, 44, looks after the Prince’s residences 
and domestic staff, including security, 
receptions and entertaining. He also has overall 
supervision of the Prince’s diary and logistics.
Two years ago his stock increased when he worked 
with Prince William’s principal private secretary 
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton on the organisation of the royal wedding.
He previously spent two years as the Prince’s 
Equerry, before rejoining the household in 2008 in his current role.

Sally Osman, Communications Secretary
The woman who is responsible for the Prince’s 
public image as head of his press and communications team.
Miss Osman, 54, who joined the Prince’s staff in 
June, spent eight years at the BBC where she was 
in charge of its PR during the crisis over its 
reporting of the Labour government’s “sexed up” 
dossier on Iraq’s weapons capability.
A calm head in any situation, she also has 
oversight of PR for the Duke and Duchess of 
Cambridge and Prince Harry, who have their own 
press team at Kensington Palace.

Kristina Kyriacou, Assistant Communications Secretary, Charities and Marketing
A former music industry executive who was hired 
by the Prince last year to promote his charities, 
which he felt were not as much coverage in the media as they deserved.
Miss Kyriacou works part-time so that she can 
carry on representing the interests of her other client, Cheryl Cole.
The feisty 47-year-old negotiated a 
three-day-a-week role for the Prince so that she 
can also work as Director of the Cheryl Cole 
Foundation, which donates money to good causes including the Prince’s Trust.
The pop singer and former X Factor judge met the 
Prince at Clarence House, together with Miss 
Kyriacou, to discuss the link-up last year.
Miss Kyriacou has worked in the past for Sony, 
for Comic Relief as its head of media and as Gary Barlow’s manager.

Simon Martin, Deputy Private Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The man who briefs the Prince on foreign affairs 
and is always by his side when he travels abroad.
Mr Martin, who was previously head of protocol at 
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, remains an 
FCO employee but is on secondment to Clarence House, which he joined last year.
Mr Martin also has a major hand in overseeing The 
Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, The Prince’s 
Youth Business International and The British Asian Trust.

Dame Julia Cleverdon, Special Adviser
Regarded as one of the most influential women in 
Britain, Dame Julia, 63, is the Prince’s special 
adviser on charities, helping him with strategy 
and overall co-ordination of his good causes.
Dame Julia, who spent 17 years as chief executive 
of Business in the Community, one of the Prince’s 
key charities, and was hired by Labour as 
voluntary chair of Teach First, the social 
enterprise scheme that encourages top graduates 
to teach for two years before they go into their chosen careers.
The Prince is said to speak to Dame Julia up to 
twice a day on the phone, though she has 
gradually reduced her workload over the past year.

Alastair Martin, Secretary and Keeper of the Records, Duchy of Cornwall
The son of a Somerset farmer, Mr Martin is chief 
executive of the Duchy of Cornwall, which has 
assets of more than £700 million and generates an 
income of around £19 million per year for the Prince.
A former land agent and chartered surveyor, the 
father-of-two speaks to the Prince several times 
each week to update him on Duchy projects, including sales and acquisitions.
His title dates back to the Duchy’s 14th century 
origins, when secretaries, having the relatively 
rare ability to read and write, were among the 
very closest aides of monarchs and members of the Royal family.
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust
The woman who runs the Prince’s oldest and 
best-known charity, which helps 40,000 young 
people each year to pay for vocational training so that they can find work.
Ms Milburn, 56, started out as a journalist and 
worked as a researcher for BBC television 
programmes including Blue Peter before changing 
tack and working for charities including CAFOD.
A former chief executive of the BBC’s Children in 
Need appeal, she moved to her current role in 
2004 and was awarded the CBE last year for services to charity.

Debs Goodenough, Head Gardener, Highgrove
As the person in charge of the Prince’s beloved 
15 acre garden at Highgrove, Debs Goodenough 
arguably knows better than any other employee 
just what makes the Prince of Wales tick.
Since she was hired five years ago, the Prince 
has also put her in overall charge of his organic 
gardens at Birkhall in Scotland and at Clarence House.
The 52-year-old Canadian, who previously worked 
for English Heritage, has also has to make the 
garden fit to withstand the 40,000 visitors it 
has each year, compared to only a few hundred 20 years ago.
Not that she has to manage on her own – as well 
as having a team of 11 gardeners working with 
her, the Prince of Wales prunes his own trees and 
weeds his own flower beds when he goes home for the weekend.

* After the July 1934 Night of The Long Knives, 
in which the Nazis ruthlessly exterminated their 
internal dissidents, Reith wrote: “I really 
admire the way Hitler has cleaned up what looked 
like an incipient revolt.” _______________
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