While Sophie Rhys-Jones polishes up her Garrard diamonds and her
on-camera smiles in preparation for her Royal wedding later this year,
the other man in her life, R-JH Public Relations managing director
Murray Harkin is working hard to ensure that it remains business as
usual at the agency.
This has not been easy. Harkin came back from holiday on Monday
expecting a quiet week. The agency had avoided booking in too many
meetings so that it could plan its strategy for the coming year. It was
then that Rhys-Jones told him her news.
Since then, he says: ’It hasn’t stopped, as soon as you put the phone
down and someone else calls.’
Harkin’s first task was to write to all his clients, which include the
Lanesborough hotel and Boodle and Dunthorne the jewellers, on Tuesday
night to reassure them that Rhys-Jones would be staying with the agency
and that it would continue servicing them as usual.
By Wednesday, the day the engagement was made public, Harkin had to
negotiate his way through the 25 journalists and four or five television
crews which had parked themselves on the agency’s Mayfair doorstep. The
next day the crowds were so bad that a handful of policemen were sent
down to maintain crowd control.
But he remains steadfast. ’The most important thing is to protect the
company. We’re here for the long term,’ he says.