Prince Edward’s girlfriend Sophie Rhys-Jones returned to PR agency life
in a blaze of publicity this week as a consultant to Hollander Public
Relations - the London firm set to launch in June.
Rhys-Jones will offer part time ‘strategic direction’, ‘creative input’
and ‘account management’ in the role which carries a salary of pounds
20,000 - less than half the reported figure of pounds 50,000 a year.
The 31-year-old left MacLaurin Communication & Media last December, as
speculation over a royal engagement continued to mount, to avoid ‘front
line’ media relations.
She continued to work as a consultant on the Duke of Edinburgh Awards
and the charity Baby Lifeline - through which she met Simon Allen,
managing director of design and marketing company Hollander
Allen dismissed as ‘absolutely untrue’ reports that the PR division of
Hollander will pay Rhys-Jones pounds 1,000 a week to use her name on
company stationery. He said the company, whose clients include Porsche,
Shell UK and Forte, is only interested in Rhys-Jones’ ‘obvious and
proven track record in PR’.
Rhys-Jones has been advising Hollander for several months and has
already begun hiring with the appointment of Murray Harkin as board
director. The agency, which will have a bias towards consumer and
broadcast PR, is also hiring two three-strong account teams and is in
talks with ‘potential clients.’
Rhys-Jones’ former boss Brian MacLaurin, managing director of MCM said:
‘This is an extension of what Sophie left us to do. She is acting as a
consultant to a number of businesses of which MCM is one.’