Catherine, Princess of Wales' strict rule for all staff is revealed

Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) reacts as she meets with employees and their families from the local Michelin factory, at a community centre in Dundee, eastern Scotland, on January 29, 2019
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Catherine, Princess of Wales has a strict rule for all staff - and it's a must for would-be job applicants too.

Catherine, Princess of Wales has a strict rule that all staff must obey when it comes to working for them.

The Prince and Princess of Wales are working royals so it's no surprise that in order to carry out their official engagements while also parenting sons Prince George, nine, Louis, four, and daughter Princess Charlotte, seven, they need a team of helpers.

The future king of England and his wife have a small and loyal team around them, but even though their team is smaller in comparison to those who aide King Charles, they still rely on them for everything to run smoothly.

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But when it comes to working for the Wales', either at their London home of Kensington Palace or their other residence Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, there are some important rules staff must follow.

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According to a recent job ad, for the role of housekeeper, the couple specified that applicants had to be good at "maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion".

In return, the role was described as an "exciting opportunity" and said it was a "supportive and positive team".

The ad read, 'You will be a self-starter who also enjoys working collaboratively. You will be keen to take on new challenges as these arise and develop your own knowledge and skills.'

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But they're not the only members of the royal family to need a housekeeper - applicants to work as a housekeeper for the late Queen had to pass a screentest first, so could her majesty have similarly strict rules?

According to Tracey Waterman, the head of recruitment, the royal family team put the secret challenge to all interviewees to see how they react.

Speaking during Channel 5's documentary Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas, she said, "The difference between a housekeeper in a five-star hotel and in a royal Palace would be attention to detail.

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"One of the tests I like to do, to see if a candidate has a potential eye for detail, is to place a dead fly, either in the fireplace or on the carpet.

"Once the dead fly is placed, I then bring the candidate into the room."

She continued, "I lead them into the room quite slowly, just giving them a chance to glance at the room, have a little look at what we’ve got inside the room. Bringing them to the fireplace, maybe highlighting that we’ve got a beautiful fireplace."

But the difference between being hired or fired is what they decide to do with the dead fly.

Tracey added, "It’s a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly. One out of ten will actually bend down and pick it up, that’s the special housekeeper."

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)