PR Guru Hired As Princess Of Wales’s New Private Secretary Rejects Job

PR Guru Hired As Princess Of Wales's New Private Secretary Rejects Job

The “straight talking” PR guru hired as the Princess of Wales’s new private secretary has opted to stay with chef Jamie Oliver rather than take up the role, The Telegraph can reveal.

Alison Corfield, 51, is understood to have been uncomfortable with the prospect of having such a high-profile position and decided instead to remain under the radar.

The mother of three, a branding and marketing expert, has worked with Oliver for eight years. A source said: “She loves the work and is an integral member of the campaigning team.

“She decided she just wanted to keep her head down and get on with the job she knows so well in the background. She didn’t want the publicity that comes with working at that level for such a well-known institution.”

The decision means that Kensington Palace aides have had to return to the drawing board in their search for the ideal candidate who will play a large part in shaping the Princess’s role.

Hannah Cockburn-Logie, the Princess’s last private secretary, was a fixture at her side for two-and-a-half years but stepped down shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last September for personal reasons.

The Prince and Princess of Wales with her former private secretary Hannah Cockburn-Logie

She had been hired by the then Duchess of Cambridge in May 2020, having impressed her when, as a diplomat working for the British High Commission in India, she led the Duke and Duchess’s tour of India and Bhutan in 2016.

She guided the Princess throughout the fallout from the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and through the lockdown.

The news that Ms. Corfield had been offered the position was revealed by a Sunday newspaper last month.

The brand management expert was described as loud, persuasive, and straight-talking.

The former air stewardess from Croydon, south London, masterminded celebrity chef Oliver’s free school meals campaign, pushing awareness of food education in schools, reducing junk food advertising and introducing a sugar tax.

She also worked with the Labour MP Stella Creasy on her recent MotheRED campaign to recruit more mothers as Labour politicians.

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