British Royal Family

Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s staff threaten to strike over salary cuts

The staff at the royal couple’s London residence, Kensington Palace, are reportedly threatening to strike over budget cuts to their salaries.

By Bella Brennan
According to the American Today Show, “royal employees who work with the public fear they’ll lose $5000 a year”, which would make them below-average income earners.
The report claims their incomes are managed by a third party charity, who are keen to crunch down on the numbers.
The proposed cuts will impact the men and women who work on the sprawling grounds of Kensington Palace, looking after exhibitions, tickets and tour guides for the public.
Tension over the alleged belt-tightening is said to be at boiling point with many staff threatening to strike should it be implemented.
Already in damage control, a rep for the Historic Royal Palaces explained to Metro.co.uk that it was business as usual and “the changes to working hours affect a small number of colleagues in the front-of-house team at Kensington Palace.”
“We have given a year’s notice of the planned changes and are currently in discussions with the PCS union," they added.
To make matters worse, Kensington Palace has just finished an elaborate upgrade which cost a cool $23 million.
Meanwhile Prince William, who is currently residing at their Anmer Hall estate in Norfolk, has also copped criticism from the public for working around 20 hours a week with the East Anglian Air Ambulance and only attending a handful of royal duties.
However the Palace and his bosses have defended his work-load and explained that by law as a pilot after he works his four rostered days of the week, he must take four days off.
"When they are having rest days, their time is their own, and they can do what they want, including carrying out royal duties. We check pilots' shift patterns and the Duke is fully complying with CAA rules within the rota he is working, so his days off are his own," the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed.
Prince William has come under fire for his apparent relaxed working roster.

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