The beleaguered staff of RJH are in limbo this week as they await
the outcome of a review of royal business affairs.
The outcome could prove crucial to the role founder Sophie Wessex can
play in the future of her troubled agency.
An NOP survey conducted exclusively for PRWeek shows the public supports
Wessex. The research found almost 70 per cent of the public back
Wessex's right to continue working in PR. Only one in five said she
should stick to the 'traditional work' of royal members.
Meanwhile, the IPR has written to co-founder Murray Harkin to ask him to
explain his actions. Harkin may be expelled from the body after his
alleged comments to an undercover reporter were made public. 'This is a
unique situation,' said spokeswoman Ann Mealor. 'We are responding to
concern from our members.'
The fallout of the RJH affair also saw travel agency Jo Vickers PR
emerge as the likely successor to RJH on the Banyan Tree hotel account.
MD Jo Vickers said there had been contact with Banyan, which dropped RJH
after Harkin's alleged promise to arrange gay sex parties through the
Kishan Athalathmudali, the RJH account manager at the centre of the
imbroglio, has had a job offer from Republic Communications withdrawn in
the wake of all the coverage. Agency joint MD Jane Howard said: 'The
perception of Kishan's role in recent events is incompatible with what
we'd expect of any employee.'