Kate Middleton likes to take care of herself, and of Prince William, too. But with a baby on the way, and two houses to maintain, things have gotten a bit out of hand. Buckingham Palace has put out an internal advertisement – suggesting they prefer to hire someone who already works for the royal family – for a housekeeper to take care of things, reports the Sunday Express on Jan. 13. The job description is quite detailed, and a “super servant,” warns the paper, will be required.
The palace wants an employee “To provide a high standard of housekeeping for TRH [their royal highnesses] The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” So far, so good, but Kate Middleton and Prince William hate having lots of people around, inside their home, so this candidate will be expected to do it all – from scrubbing and cooking to caring for her wardrobe (he already has a man), to walking the dog.”
“Main duties included: ensuring all areas of the residence are cleaned and maintained to a high standard at all times. Caring for and maintaining TRH ¬personal clothing, cleaning silver- ware and glassware and in-house laundry.”
Prince Charles and wife Camilla have a whole staff of people to do all these things. The ad goes on and on, even to desired writing skills, as if a few secretarial duties will be thrown in, when the housekeeper manages to get up from scrubbing the floor. And all this will happen in 37 hours per week, which in the U.S. would generally render it a part time job with no benefits. Extra hours will be required, the ad goes on, and “Attention to detail, together with a flexible and pro-active approach is essential.”
No one is ever asked to do this much. Kate Middleton and Prince William, especially with a baby coming, are going to have to give in and accept more help. It’s the royal way, after all. And fifteen people have already applied.