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Team Cambridge

Take a look at all the people who work behind the scenes to make sure William and Kate’s public and personal lives run without a hitch!

 

Personal Staff:

 

Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo is nanny to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. She is the family’s first nanny and began working for the family in 2014, shortly before George embarked on his first tour of Australia and New Zealand with his parent, and has been their only nanny since.

 

Nanny Maria lives with them at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall but has her own little corner at their homes.

 

Natasha Archer has been described by the Media as Kate’s stylist but she is officially the Personal Assistant to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She takes care of their day to day schedules and yes I imagine to a certain extent that means ordering Kate’s clothes (which is probably where the “stylist” narrative came in to play).

 

Natasha is married to, in my opinion, one of the best Royal Photographers, who has also been entrusted with taking some personal and official photos, Chris Jackson. They coincidentally share an anniversary weekend with The Duke and Duchess!

 

In May 2019, Natasha became a Member of the Royal Victorian Order and was officially invested by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace!

 


Amanda Cook Tucker 
is The Duchess of Cambridge’s hair-stylist. She doesn’t do her hair for all her engagements just usually for big events and on tours. Fun Fact: Amanda used to cut Prince William’s hair when he was a little boy!

 

Amanda and Natasha were two of the first people to be spotted arriving at the hospital after Prince George’s birth.

 

This photo of Natasha leaving the hospital on April 23rd, 2018 made people realize that, although it hadn’t been officially announced, a new royal baby had been born! (There are no pictures of either after Charlotte’s birth but I assume either or both were there).

 

The Duke and Duchess have always kept their staff to a minimum and love doing lots themselves but it’s unrealistic to believe they only have one housekeeper especially for the 21-room Kensington Palace. That being said, their only housekeeper known by name is Antonella Fresolone. Ms. Fresolone had worked for the Queen for 13 years before she began working for the Cambridges in 2013, shortly before Prince George was born.

 

In November 2019, Antonella was awarded an Honorary Royal Victorian Medal by The Duke of Cambridge himself at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

 

Official Staff:

Dr. Simon Case is The Duke of Cambridge’s Private Secretary. He began working for The Duke in September 2018 (although I believe he was also present for William’s Middle-East Tour in June 2018 but that may be wrong…).

 

 


Hannah Cockburn-Logie
is The Duchess of Cambridge’s new Private Secretary! She took up her position in June 2020 but we have yet to see her in action with The Duchess!

 

Hannah has an impressive resume. According to her LinkedIn, she is a British Diplomat who worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for twenty years. In 2008, she was awarded a MVO for her work in leading The Queen’s visit to Slovenia and in 2017 she was awarded an OBE for services to the UK-India relationship. Hannah had joined The Duke and Duchess on their tour of India in 2016.

 

 

The Duke of Cambridge has two Assistant Private Secretaries. Zoë Ware is the first one and can be seen with him below.

 

The Duke of Cambridge’s second Assistant Private Secretary is thought to be a woman named Genevieve (last name unknown). She started popping up at his engagements last year and has been seen with him very often. (The blonde woman in the back of the photo below)

 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Assistant Private Secretary is Natalie Barrows. She (the one on the left) is always looming in the background with a smile!

 

The Duke of Cambridge also has an equerry, which is a “officer of the British royal household who attends or assists members of the royal family”, Luitenant Commander David Brannighan. He accompanies William on most his Military related engagements (seen here next to Natalie on St. Patrick’s Day 2019).

 

Jason Knauf was The Duke and Duchess of Cambridges’  Head Communication Secretary but after the spilt, he is now their Senior Advisor. It was announced in July 2019 that he will also become the CEO of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. (I don’t know what this means for his role as Senior Advisor but I don’t expect anything to change)

 

In the background, you can see Lieutenant David, Simon, Jason, and The Duchess’ former private secretary, Catherine!

 

The position of Head Communications Secretary now belongs to Christian Jones (pictured below in the back next to Catherine Quinn). Laura King is a ‏Deputy Communications Secretary (no pictures of her).

 

Charlotte Pool is another Deputy Communications Secretary and can be seen here in the bottom left corner:

 

Charlotte and Christian in the back right corner:

 

Adam Vallance is described as the Digital Communications Lead. If you ever see a photo that isn’t credited to anyone in specific, that was taken by Adam (pictured behind William below).

 

This is the magnificent photo he captured of the history making moment William stepped foot in Israel.

 

In October 2019 he captured a similar photo of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving in Pakistan for their royal tour!

 

Former Private Secretaries:

Prince William’s first Private Secretary was Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. Jamie started working for William and his brother Harry in May 2005.

 

After The Duchess of Cambridge married into the Royal Family, Jamie practically became her Private Secretary as well for a short while  (pictured below in 2006 at one of William’s polo matches).

 

Jamie fully resigned from his position in September 2013, staying on for a few days a week to make sure the transition was smooth. The Cambridges are still very connected to him. His son William was one of the pageboys at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011 (he is star brunette).

 

And in October 2013, Jamie became one of Prince George’s godfathers!

 

Rebecca Deacon (now Priestley) was The Duchess of Cambridge’s first official Private Secretary. She started working exclusively for Kate in 2012.

 

She first entered the Royal work circle in 2007 when she helped Princes William and Harry set up a concert in memory of their mother. In 2010, she became the Head of Planning at their office before moving on to become William, Kate, and Harry’s Assistant Private Secretary in 2011.

 

She was a great starter Private Secretary for The Duchess and left in 2017 after working for her for 5 years but working for the royals for 10 years in total. Here she received her Royal Victorian Order from Prince William in October 2017:

 

The Duke of Cambridge’s second Private Secretary was Miguel Head who began working for Prince William exclusively in January 2013. Prior to that, starting in September 2008, he worked as William, Harry, and eventually Kate’s Press Secretary.

 

After 10 years working in the Royal Household, Miguel left his post in July 2018. This article that was published in April 2019 basically recounts his time in the Royal household! (Pictured below on the steps of the Lindo Wing on the day Prince George was born)

 

After Rebecca stepped down, Catherine Quinn took her position and began working as The Duchess of Cambridge’s Private Secretary in October 2017. Unlike the other previous Private Secretaries, Catherine didn’t have any prior experience with the Royal Household.

 

Her appointment was short-lived and she left in January 2020. She was a great Private Secretary and I personally believe a lot of the subtle changes in The Duchess’ work and direction were because of Catherine Quinn. She will be missed!

 

Hope you all enjoyed this post! Special thanks to my friend Emma for all her staff detective work!

 

 

 

 

 

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