Prince William and Kate Middleton have made a huge change to their staff

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The Cambridges are undoubtedly the most talked-about family in the world, with Prince William and Kate Middleton never failing to make viral news.

From the Cambridge family’s relocation to London to their mention in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview, this past year has been all about the family of five (now six with their new secret puppy).

It is the Duchess of Cambridge who tends to make the most news, from royal insiders analysing her 'ruthless survival streak' to royal photographer Matt Porteous opening up about what it's like taking photographs with her.

This week however it was the Cambridges' staff changes that made headlines, as a key member of the Duke and Duchess' team announced his resignation.

Jason Knauf will be leaving his role as Chief Executive of Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Foundation at the end of this year, after working for the couple for seven years.

'Working with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been the privilege of my career,' Jason announced in a statement. 'I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have had to support their leadership in the UK and internationally.

'The months ahead will be the busiest time in the Foundation's history with the first awards for The Earthshot Prize and more progress on our early childhood work. We have a lot to do with our amazing team and all of our partners.'

The Duke and Duchess also made a statement about the announcement of Jason's departure - a rare move for the couple.

'Jason has been an integral part of our team since 2015. We are immensely grateful for his hard work and commitment, both at The Royal Foundation and previously as our Communications Secretary,' the couple announced.

'Since taking over as Chief Executive, Jason has driven positive change, making our vision for our charitable work and the causes that matter most to us a reality. We are sad to see him go but wish him all the very best in his future career.'

The Duke and Duchess went on to add that they were looking 'forward to launching the recruitment search shortly and welcoming a new Chief Executive later on this year.'

We will continue to update you with the recruitment search.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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