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The Prince and Princess of Wales are seeking a CEO to help run their household at Kensington Palace.
The CEO must be “emotionally intelligent” and have a “low ego,” according to a public notice of the job opening.
The UK royals’ move to employ a CEO is seen as a break from tradition.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are putting a modern management spin on the running of their households.
They are looking for a CEO to run Kensington Palace, according to a recent job listing on Odgers Berndtson, a UK recruitment firm. It is not immediately clear when the notice was posted, but the Daily Mail first reported the news on Wednesday.
There’s a long list of requirements for the job.
The royals are not just seeking an experienced leader, but the CEO must also be “emotionally intelligent” and have a “low ego,” according to the four-page job description.
In addition, the CEO must also have a “strong self-awareness and understanding of their impact on others.”
The royal couple is also looking for someone “progressive and innovative in their approach,” among other requirements.
In addition, the CEO has to put in 37.5 hours of work a week from Mondays to Fridays, as well as other hours that are “necessary for the proper fulfillment of duties, or to meet unexpected or urgent demands.”
The notice did not provide a salary range but described a “unique opportunity” to join the team at Kensington Palace, where there are about 60 staff members currently.
The CEO will be the “most senior and accountable leader for the Household,” reporting directly to the Prince and Princess of Wales, the job posting read.
The job is not just about running the operations of the household. The CEO at Kensington Palace will also be responsible for the development and implementation of the royals’ long-term strategy, per the notice.
The creation of a CEO role for Kensington Palace is seen as a break from tradition.
Traditionally, a “master of the household” having a military background is appointed to lead operations in a senior royal family member’s household.
“This is a revolutionary move,” an unnamed source told the Daily Mail. ‘They are overthrowing the traditional, hierarchical structure in which staff answer to private secretaries.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton do not live in Kensington Palace anymore. They moved to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor Home Park last year to be closer to their kids’ school.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have been taking on more royal responsibilities since Queen Elizabeth’s death last year.
Prince William is first in line to the British throne. King Charles III is the UK’s current head of state.
Odgers Berndtson and Kensington Palace did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.