Harris’s departure leaves opening in Prince’s PR corps

One of the plum jobs in UK PR fell vacant this week, following the resignation of the Prince of Wales’s press secretary Colleen Harris.

A spokeswoman at St James’s Palace confirmed Harris will be replaced, but as she had only resigned on Tuesday, said it was too early to give details.

Harris, who will stay on until the autumn, said the reason for her departure is to spend more time with her family, although she does plan to seek other work. She added: ‘The hours here are quite punishing. I want to be at home when I’m awake.’

She leaves St James’s Palace after three years as press secretary and two as deputy press secretary.

Already this week, Mark Bolland, the Prince’s former deputy private secretary and media adviser, who now runs his own PR consultancy, has ruled himself out of returning to assist the Prince with his media relations. A spokes-woman in Bolland’s office said: ‘That will not happen.’

Bolland has since been replaced by former Sunday Times journalist Mark Leishman (PRWeek, 7 February).

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