St James's will not replace Bolland

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.

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