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Kate Middleton’s ‘discretion’ rule all staff must follow if they are hired
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Working for the Royal family would be a dream come true for some people, but there's a very strict rule that all staff must follow should they be hired by Kate Middleton.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a small and loyal team around them to help look after their three children and assist with their royal duties.
However, there's one quality in particular that Kate, 39, and Prince William are looking for when it comes to employing individuals who will live and work in close proximity to them.
In the online application for a housekeeper role, the couple specified that applicants had to be good at "maintaining confidentiality and exercising discretion".
They described the role as an "exciting opportunity" and said it was a "supportive and positive team".
The ad read: "You will be a self-starter who also enjoys working collaboratively.
"You will be keen to take on new challenges as these arise and develop your own knowledge and skills."
No doubt, the happy couple follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II when it comes to hiring staff.
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Anyone who wants to be a housekeeper for the Monarch must pass a secret test before they get the job.
According to Tracey Waterman, the head of recruitment, the team put the secret challenge to all interviewees to see how they react.
Speaking during Channel 5's documentary Sandringham: The Royals at Christmas, she said: "The difference between housekeeper in a five-star hotel and in a royal Palace would be attention to detail.
"One of the tests I like to do, to see if a candidate has potential eye for detail, is to place a dead fly, either in the fireplace or on the carpet.
"Once the dead fly is placed, I then bring the candidate into the room.
"I lead them into the room quite slowly, just giving them a chance to glance at the room, have a little look at what we’ve got inside the room.
Tracey continued: "Bringing them to the fireplace, maybe highlighting that we’ve got a beautiful fireplace. At this point I’d expect them to see the dead fly, and hopefully pick it up."
However, it's not just about spotting the fly, it's what the individual decides to do if they notice it.
Tracey added: "It’s a great test, maybe out of 10 people half the candidates will notice the fly. One out of ten will actually bend down and pick it up, that’s the special housekeeper."
- Royal Family
- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
- Prince William
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