DIARY: Prince’s reputation gets placed in safe hands

The Prince of Wales’s PR is in safe hands. Following the departure of press secretary Sandy Henney two months ago, the Prince has formally handed the job to Henney’s former deputy Colleen Harris, making her the first top-level black aide to the royal household.

The Prince of Wales’s PR is in safe hands. Following the departure

of press secretary Sandy Henney two months ago, the Prince has formally

handed the job to Henney’s former deputy Colleen Harris, making her the

first top-level black aide to the royal household.



Quite rightly ignoring her own media profile, Harris was refusing to

give interviews this week. So firm was she on this point that she spent

the first two weeks in her new job on annual leave. There is no better

way to avoid questions from intrusive hacks.



Harris, a career civil servant with a history in Downing Street and the

DETR, takes over a five-strong team at St James’s Palace, including two

assistant press secretaries who start next month.



She has responsibility for handling the reputations of the Princes

William and Harry at boisterous times in their young adulthood.



She presumably made a good impression on the heir to the throne in her

time as Henney’s deputy since 1998. He is reported to have personally

offered her the job, having seen a total of zero other candidates.



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