Diary: Let us not to the marriage of true PR minds admit Royal impediments

While Sophie Rhys-Jones polishes up her Garrard diamonds and her on-camera smiles in preparation for her Royal wedding later this year, the other man in her life, R-JH Public Relations managing director Murray Harkin is working hard to ensure that it remains business as usual at the agency.

While Sophie Rhys-Jones polishes up her Garrard diamonds and her

on-camera smiles in preparation for her Royal wedding later this year,

the other man in her life, R-JH Public Relations managing director

Murray Harkin is working hard to ensure that it remains business as

usual at the agency.



This has not been easy. Harkin came back from holiday on Monday

expecting a quiet week. The agency had avoided booking in too many

meetings so that it could plan its strategy for the coming year. It was

then that Rhys-Jones told him her news.



Since then, he says: ’It hasn’t stopped, as soon as you put the phone

down and someone else calls.’



Harkin’s first task was to write to all his clients, which include the

Lanesborough hotel and Boodle and Dunthorne the jewellers, on Tuesday

night to reassure them that Rhys-Jones would be staying with the agency

and that it would continue servicing them as usual.



By Wednesday, the day the engagement was made public, Harkin had to

negotiate his way through the 25 journalists and four or five television

crews which had parked themselves on the agency’s Mayfair doorstep. The

next day the crowds were so bad that a handful of policemen were sent

down to maintain crowd control.



But he remains steadfast. ’The most important thing is to protect the

company. We’re here for the long term,’ he says.



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