While we’d like to think working for the British Royal Family would be a dream gig filled with tasks like keeping Prince George entertained and helping Kate Middleton pick which tiara to wear, according to reports out of the UK it’s far from a walk in the park.
In fact, it’s reportedly become so overwhelming for one of Prince William and Kate’s top housekeepers that she’s handed in her notice to the royal couple.
Over the weekend, insiders told UK’s The Sun that maid Sadie Rice has sensationally quit her $45,000-per-year job at the couple’s Anmer Hall estate because she is “overworked.”
“Sadie’s a hard worker but the job’s demands got too much, even for her,” the insider explained to the publication. “They wanted her to spend more time at Kensington Palace and her work was increasing all the time.”
“She wasn’t having a normal life outside work. Sadie’s serving her notice and it seems nothing will change her mind. It’s their loss,” the source continued.
According to the report, Sadie was a hit with George, 3, and his younger sister, Princess Charlotte, 2, and will be missed by the siblings. “They will regret losing Sadie as the right people aren’t easy to find,” the insider said.
George and Charlotte in May 2017. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Indeed, in the coming months the Cambridges are set to move to Kensington Palace in London full-time but it appears Sadie won’t be relocating with them. It’s believed the 35-year-old worked for the family for two years and was responsible for grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry at their 10-bedroom residence in Norfolk.
The accomplished maid previously worked for the King of Norway and Queen Elizabeth. A spokesperson for Kensington Palace refused to address the reports, explaining: “We cannot comment on the Duke and Duchess’s private staff.”
This is the second member of Kate and William’s royal staff to have quit in recent months. In March, a Kensington Palace spokesperson confirmed The Duchess of Cambridge’s private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, would step down from her position this summer.
“After a decade of service to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Rebecca Deacon will be stepping down as Private Secretary to The Duchess of Cambridge,” the statement began.
“She plans to leave the household in the summer. Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and support Rebecca has provided over the past ten years, and wish her well in the next phase of her career,” the message concluded.
Rebecca, 34, has worked for the royal family for the past 10 years and has served as Kate’s private secretary since 2012. She previously worked as a production assistant on William and Harry’s 2007 Concert for Diana — honoring the 10-year anniversary of their mother Princess Diana’s death — and has helped with Harry’s HIV/AIDS charity Sentebale.
Rebecca (left) and Kate (right) in April 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
As Kate’s private secretary, Rebecca’s biggest royal responsibilities included planning the mom-of-two’s busy schedule and accompanying her on all royal tours, including her recent trips to India and Bhutan and Canada.
“She is the perfect companion because she is similar in age to Kate, is very organized and has lovely manners,” an insider previously told The Mirror of Rebecca.