St James's Palace has decided not to replace Prince Charles's press
chief Mark Bolland, who is quitting at the end of the month to set up
his own PR consultancy.
His post of deputy private secretary will be scrapped. All media
relations for the Prince will be handled by press secretary Colleen
Harris and by Bolland himself, who will remain as a consultant.
Aside from Prince Charles, Bolland's other clients will include Camilla
Parker Bowles and Princes Harry and William.
St James's Palace this week moved to squash speculation it is to merge
its PR function with Buckingham Palace.
Harris said: 'That is not the intention. Myself and Mark Bolland handle
that role and that is set to continue.'
Prince Charles transferred his staff from Buckingham Palace to St
James's during the 1990s.
Bolland will continue to be based at St James's until the summer, when
the Prince's private secretary Stephen Lamport leaves his post and is
replaced by Sir Michael Peat, the Queen's treasurer.
Harris has refused to reveal how much Bolland will be paid as a
consultant, saying: 'That's private.'
Bolland, named PR Professional of Year at last year's PRWeek Awards, is
seen as instrumental in Charles's rehabilitation in the media since the
death of Princess Diana in 1997.
But he has found himself in the headlines and has been accused by royal
sources of improving Charles's image at the expense of other royals.