Prince Williams Brexit charm offensive as he appoints civil servant from department

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgSimon HeadCredit:Thierry Monasse A spokesman for the Duke said: “His Royal Highness feels incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade.”He has been an outstanding press secretary and private secretary and has been central to the decisions that have guided the establishment of the Duke’s office. Miguel Head is leaving his role as Private Secretary to the Duke of Cambridge in JulyCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty The Duke has also taken on increasingly challenging overseas tours, including a Brexit “charm offensive” on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to underline cultural and historic ties with the continent.  Miguel Head The arrival of Mr Case is a clear signal about the Duke’s intentions for his future work as a full-time Royal, which will see him increasingly supporting the Queen and meeting leaders from around the world in his official capacity.After a period of handover, he will take over as Private Secretary after the Duke’s tour to Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the summer.Mr Head, who has overseen the recruitment process, is leaving after ten years to pursue a career outside the Royal Household, having stayed in position to support the Duke and Duchess and their children as they in to full-time life in London. Mr Case, who takes up his new role in July, is currently Director General Northern Ireland and Ireland in the Department for Exiting the EU.Aged 39 and with a PhD in political history, his remarkable career has seen him work as director of strategy for GCHQ, director of the implementation group at the Cabinet Office and as Principal Private Secretary to David Cameron and Theresa May.Described by those who have worked with him as master navigator, he has been hailed as a “very smart appointment” by sources who have seen him discreetly negotiate some of the most difficult issues of the day. Simon Head Miguel Head, pictured with the Duke of Cambridge in October 2015, was in the role since December 2012Credit:Chris Radburn /PA Miguel Head Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “He has also been a valued advisor during an important period in His Royal Highness’s life. He wishes Miguel all the very best for the future.”Mr Case joins the Kensington Palace team not long after Catherine Quinn, who became the Duchess’ Private Secretary fresh from her role as chief operating officer at Oxford University’s Said Business School, with previous roles in leadership positions at Middle Temple and the Wellcome Trust.Since October, the Duchess has spoken on several serious issues, including calling a symposium on supporting children in their early years, pledging to champion nurses and putting her own history of art degree to good use by curating a “patron’s trail” at the National Portrait Gallery.Prince Harry has his own private secretary working closely with the Duke’s, while Meghan Markle has been given an assistant private secretary to help her as she marries into the Kensington Palace team. After stepping up to duty as a full-time Royal, the Duke of Cambridge has vowed to be on hand to support the Queen, charm Europe at the request of government and take on the diplomatic minefield of an official visit to Israel.Today, he gave the the clearest sign yet of his approach to the serious business of being second-in-line to the throne, appointing one of Britain’s leading civil servants as his private secretary.The Duke has welcomed Simon Case, currently tasked with trying to solve the border issue in Northern Ireland and Ireland during Brexit discussions, to the Royal Household.Mr Case will replace Miguel Head, the Duke’s private secretary who has served in the household for ten years.The Duke paid warm tribute to Mr Head yesterday, saying he felt “incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s advice and support over the last decade”.His tenure, first as press secretary and then as private secretary, has seen Mr Head guide the Duke from his time as a trainee RAF pilot dating girlfriend Kate Middleton, through his high-profile wedding, fatherhood and stepping down from his job as a search and rescue pilot to become a full-time Royal.last_img read more

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