‘Ball breaker’ PR guru who was hired as Princess of Wales’s new private secretary rejects job offer and chooses to stay working with chef Jamie Oliver ‘to stay under the radar’
- A PR guru has turned down the chance to be Princess Kate’s private secretary
- Sources said Alison Corfield did not want the publicity that comes with the job
Alison Corfield, 51, was offered the job after impressing while working for the celebrity chef’s campaigns for free school meals and a sugar tax.
After working for Mr Oliver for eight years, she was tipped to take over from former private secretary Hannah Cockburn-Logie when she left the role following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year for personal reasons.
Ms Cockburn-Logie had worked with Princess Kate since 2020 and had dealt with a number of high-profile events including Harry and Meghan’s departure from the Royal Family.
Ms Corfield has now turned down the opportunity to replace her, reportedly due to not wishing to commit to the publicity that comes with such a high-profile role at Kensington Palace.
A PR guru was offered the chance to work as Princess Kate’s private secretary but turned down the role
The ‘ball breaker’ specialist has chosen to remain working for Jamie Oliver as she has for eight years
A source told The Telegaph: ‘She loves the work and is an integral member of the campaigning team.
‘She decided she just wanted to keep her head down and get on with the job she knows so well in the background.
‘She didn’t want the publicity that comes with working at that level for such a well-known institution.’
As well as working on Jamie Oliver’s national campaigns, Ms Corfield had also worked as an air stewardess and on Labour MP Stella Creasy’s MotheRED campaign to hire more mothers to be politicians for the party.
Alison Corfield has turned down the job offer to stay out of the spotlight, royal sources said
Hannah Cockburn-Logie (centre) the former private secretary to the Prince and Princess of Wales
Kensington Palace’s choice to hire Ms Corfield was a departure from the usual practive of hiring aides from the civil service and government ministries.
Sources close to the royals claimed the decision was part of a move to hire modernising staff and private-sector workers.
Kate is now said to be seeking a ‘different kind of courtier’ to help her on her early years campaign as she looks for a replacement.