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.