The future of Hollander PR’s most famous consultant - Prince Edward’s
girlfriend Sophie Rhys-Jones - was this week the subject of furious
speculation following the departure of agency managing director Murray
Harkin left the company last week, nine months after he was brought in
to work alongside Rhys-Jones by parent company Hollander Communications
plc. His replacement - motor sports PR man Christopher Bibb - started
work last week with a brief to develop the division’s corporate and
automotive business Harkin, whose background is in the media and
entertainment industries, plans to launch his own business-to-business
PR firm next spring with an advisory board of ‘senior business people’.
It is believed Rhys-Jones may have some role within the new agency
although it is not clear exactly what this would be.
Harkin declined to confirm or deny Rhys-Jones’ involvement with his new
agency while Simon Allen, group general manager at Hollander
Communications, insisted that she is still working with Hollander. ‘She
remains a consultant to the company as she has been for the last 12
months’, he said.
However, he declined to comment on the suggestion that she may also be
working with another PR firm. He said that Rhys-Jones had several other
projects and that she was not, and never had been, an employee of the
Now five-strong, Hollander PR’s client list includes Harrods, Granada
Group, Prime Television and Callback UK.