It’s a job that gives you access to one of the world’s most famous families – but there’s one condition: zip it!
A recent opening calling for a housekeeper for Prince William and Kate Middleton was spotted on the royal vacancies’ website recently. But apart from cleaning and tidying there’s one thing that’s far more important to the Cambridges – trustworthiness.
The family were at pains to stress in the advert the importance of their new team member’s ability to “maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion”.
Other requirements included having excellent organisational skills, being able to manage a varied workload, show initiative and flexibility, and being able to travel.
They also stated they wanted an “experienced person”.
The role, based at the Cambridges’ royal residence at Kensington Palace in London, is described as an “exciting opportunity” and would suit a “self-starter”.
The listing does not state how much applicants would earn but a recent vacancy for a full-time housekeeping assistant for the queen stated a starting salary of £19 140 (around R406 500).
The successful applicant would be based at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle and will work five days a week.
They must also be able to travel to any of the other royal family’s residences across the UK for up to three months a year. This will no doubt include Sandringham House over Christmas and Balmoral Castle over the summer. And, of course, the Cambridges’ country pile Anmer Hall in Norfolk where they often retreat with the children.
The successful applicant is expected to “upkeep, clean and care for interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best”.
While previous housekeeping or hospitality experience is an advantage, it’s not a requirement.
“We're more interested in your commitment to learning new skills, proactive approach and willingness to tackle new challenges,” the description reads.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, insider.com