Diary: Edelman PR director is left to wonder what’s in a name by the press

Last week started badly for Edelman public affairs director Nick Archer as he fended off calls at home from the media asking whether he had resigned yet. Several journalists had confused Archer with Prince Charles’ assistant private secretary Nick Archer (no relation).

Last week started badly for Edelman public affairs director Nick

Archer as he fended off calls at home from the media asking whether he

had resigned yet. Several journalists had confused Archer with Prince

Charles’ assistant private secretary Nick Archer (no relation).



The Prince’s aide had been thrown into the media spotlight after being

accused of mental and sexual harassment by a Palace secretary.



Juliet Franks made the accusation after she quit her secretarial

job.



She is now seeking compensation for constructive dismissal.



Meanwhile, Edelman’s Archer had to face media questioning over something

he knew nothing about - until he read the papers.



Several reporters, including those from the Sunday Express and the

Guardian, unable to extract details from the Palace, had turned to

directory enquiries in their efforts to get the low-down on the Prince’s

aide.



Edelman’s public affairs head is no stranger to muddles caused by his

surname. He used to work for Lord Archer and everyone assumed, wrongly,

that they were related. Nick is also quick to assure me that he does not

drink, and never has drunk, a Flaming Ferrari.



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