Prince William’s right hand man has left the royal family for politics

Here’s everything you need to know…

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Here’s everything you need to know…

The Cambridges are undoubtedly the most talked-about family in the world, and in the aftermath of the Sussex family’s resignation, they are making non-stop headline news.

Their popularity has only surged during the coronavirus outbreak, with Kate and William sharing sneak peeks of their royal offices to Instagram, releasing sweet videos of their children and surprising NHS workers, school teachers and young students with video phone calls to boost morale and give thanks.

It is staffing issues that have really made the Cambridge couple headline news recently, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently rehiring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s former social media manager.

And now, Prince William is losing his former right hand man to politics.

Over lockdown, it was revealed that William's private secretary, Simon Case, a former career civil servant, who worked in politics before he joined the royal household, had been given a temporary role in Downing Street to assist in the Government’s response to COVID-19.

'Simon is working on the coronavirus response in No 10 as a permanent secretary,' a spokesperson for The Prime Minister explained at the time. 'Simon is with us temporarily from the Royal household. He is specifically co-ordinating the coronavirus response. Coronavirus is obviously a very significant piece of cross-Government work.'

Now, Simon has been given a full-time role at Downing Street, confirmed by Boris Johnson as the new Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service.

'Simon will make a fantastic Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service,' Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced. 'His years of experience at the heart of government and working for The Royal Household make him ideally suited for this crucial role.'

Simon also made a statement, announcing: 'It is an honour to be appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. Over these few months of working on the Covid response, I have seen how much hard work is being done by the Civil Service to support the government and our country through unprecedented times. It is a privilege to come into this role to lead a Service that is working day in, day out to deliver for people right across the country.'

The royal family has not yet commented.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.