R-JH, the agency chaired by Sophie Wessex, is reviewing its future
engagements to ensure that this week’s Rover fiasco doesn’t happen
’We are currently reviewing any situation that we think might present a
potential problem in terms of media interest,’ said Wessex.
Wessex wants to ensure that she is not perceived to be personally
endorsing any client’s product or service. The agency contract already
states that Wessex will not take part in photocalls. However,
photographs taken of her on the Rover stand at Frankfurt Motor Fair, led
to criticism and rumours that she was under pressure from the Palace and
St James’s to give up her career in PR.
According to Wessex, the photographs were taken during a client meeting
at the Motor Fair. She said that, realising she had been identified, ’it
seemed sensible for me to be photographed next to a Rover rather than
any other car’.
’Some of our clients had concerns about what had been written but that
was only natural,’ said Wessex. ’We need to get over this hurdle and to
emphasise to our clients that we are not about to receive any ultimatum
or cease trading.’
Leader, p9. Diary p24.