By Sarah Keane • 06 December 2020 • 16:11
QUEEN’S head housekeeper mysteriously quits her job after 32 years
The Queen’s head housekeeper at Sandringham, Patricia Earl, 56, has unexpectedly quit her job after 32 years in royal service. Ms Earl, who was lead of a team of staff including cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers, was so highly thought-of that she was honoured with the Royal Victorian Medal in 2018.
Although royal officials insist the parting was ‘amicable,’ The Sun reported that the housekeeper was left ‘embarrassed’ after some 20 staff refused to remain on the Norfolk estate in a month-long bubble in order to protect the 94-year-old Queen.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman reported on December 5: ‘This was a completely amicable departure.’
Due to the unwillingness of staff to remain at Sandringham, the monarch and Prince Philip will remain at Windsor for the first time in 33 years.
Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl said the Queen wants her family to ‘enjoy Christmas with their other loved-ones’ and ‘not feel torn’ as she gets ready for a ‘quiet’ festive season at Windsor.
Nicholl added: ‘The Queen has said that this is the year for her family to enjoy Christmases with other family members and not feel torn, as they often do, when a royal Christmas takes priority.’
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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