NEWS: Sophie wage exaggerated

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.

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

Communications.



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.’



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