The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to have gone the traditional route and placed an advertisement for a housekeeper in British magazine The Lady.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly looking for a new housekeeper, as the expanding family prepares to move into their ten-bedroom Amner Hall property in Norfolk. The country house, which was gifted to the Duke and Duchess by the Queen as a wedding present, also boasts a swimming pool and tennis courts, with the couple reportedly planning to movie in next month.
William and Kate are reportedly advertising in The Lady.
According to the Daily Mail a notice which appeared on the magazine’s online home page yesterday and will also appear in print seeking an ‘experienced housekeeper for a large family home in Norfolk’ was placed by the royal couple.
The advertisement reads, ‘Housekeeper sought for a large family home in Norfolk. We are looking for someone with previous housekeeping experience, ideally within a large private house, and preferably within a family environment with dogs.’
The notice lists the successful applicant’s main duties as, ‘cleaning all areas of the house to a high standard; caring for and maintaining the home owners’ clothing; cleaning silverware and glassware; purchasing groceries and general provisions for the house; and dealing with deliveries; assisting with childcare and caring for dogs.’
The couple are expecting their second child due next month, while son George will turn two in July, the growing family also includes a spaniel named Lupo. The advert also lists ‘discretion and loyalty’ as being paramount, while the applicant should also hold a valid UK driving licence.
The new housekeeper would be required to work Monday to Friday, but is also expected to be flexible about working during the weekends. ‘Self-contained accommodation will be provided (suitable for a couple). The partner may be offered ad hoc maintenance work, although there is no guaranteed work provided for them,’ the listing also reads.
The closing date for applications is Sunday April 5 and The Mail reports that the notice would have cost the couple around £575 plus VAT to place in the long running magazine.
A spokesman for the magazine told the newspaper yesterday, “I can't comment on any individual advertisement, but The Lady has been putting households and the very best domestic staff in touch for 130 years.”
“Princes use The Lady, paupers use The Lady, they've even used The Lady in Downton Abbey. I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if Mary Poppins herself called to place an ad.” the spokesperson continued.