Prince Harry’s rivalry with Queen Elizabeth’s closest aide may soon come to an abrupt end as King Charles III will not retain the courtier’s services long-term.
Buckingham Palace staff who served the Queen and Charles’ former team at Clarence House have been warned they could be sacked for dismissal as the two royal divisions are merged into one. The move, announced internally as planning for the Queen’s funeral was underway, caused consternation among union officials.
But it may be good news for Prince Harry. British large format TheDaily telegraph reported that Sir Edward Young will be among those to leave, after a months-long transition period. Pleasemynews confirmed the telegraphaccount.
There will be a period when Elizabeth’s Private Secretary will remain as Joint Private Secretary to the King, with Sir Clive Alderton, who has been at Charles’ side for many years as his Principal Private Secretary.
However, in the long run, Young will leave the royal household as Charles consolidates the staff responsible for defining his reign. Young got on so badly with Prince Harry that his role in brokering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s exit from the Royal Family is now a point of contention in the High Court in London.
Harry is suing the UK Home Office for withdrawing its police security team during visits to Britain. His lawyers said he was initially, and wrongly, told that royal staff had played no role in the decision.
During the court process, it became apparent that some of the Queen’s staff, including Young, had sat on the Royal and VIP Executive Committee (RAVEC), which made the appeal.
Shaheed Fatima, Harry’s British lawyer, told the High Court in London in July that Harry should have been told of Young’s role because of the tense background between them.
Fatima said: “There were significant tensions between the claimant [Prince Harry] and some people”, adding that it was “mainly Sir Edward Young”.
A filing by Harry’s legal team said Young and other royal staff failed to tell police and the Home Office that Harry had offered to fund the team himself police security.
The deposition by Harry’s lawyers, which was seen by PleasemynewsLily: “[Prince Harry] should have been given a clear and full explanation of the composition of RAVEC and those involved in its decision-making, i.e. this included the Royal House (“TRH”).
“He should have been given the opportunity to make direct representations to RAVEC as a body to ensure that all his points were fully and properly communicated to RAVEC; he should have been informed of RAVEC policy / how it was applied and points raised by others involved in the process, including TRH; and he should have been given the opportunity to respond to these points/make others he wished, e.g. it was appropriate for TRH/some people to be involved in the decision making.
The filing continued: “Prior to the decision, [Prince Harry] was informed by TRH that RAVEC was “independent”; he was not informed of the composition of RAVEC nor was he informed that the TRH was involved in the decision-making. Prior to the decision, he understood that his points, as communicated to TRH, were fully and properly communicated to RAVEC.”
Ultimately, RAVEC decided that individuals should not be allowed to fund their own police protection teams if they were assessed as ineligible for a security detail.
Harry’s judicial review is ongoing. It’s unclear if Young’s unconfirmed departure will impact RAVEC’s stance on police safety.