Since when does Kate Middleton, the world’s newly crowned fashion icon who has yet to misstep and is the de facto arbiter of everything sartorially savvy, need help getting dressed?! Well, since now.
But it’s not exactly what you think. Put it this way: Rachel Zoe types need not apply.
Instead, the hired hands of Buckingham Palace were sent into a tizzy this week, as Prince William and his always immaculately turned-out bride began internally advertising for a combination housekeeper-dresser, who will enter into the couple’s employ once they take up temporary residence in Kensington Palace.
Kate will reportedly personally interview the candidates—a wise move since they’ll be spending pretty much every minute on the job in her presence—sometime prior to her trip to Canada and the U.S. next month. And you thought the interview you had with your employer was nerve-racking.
The servant—and yes, it is a servant position, not a stylist-in-the-making one—in addition to her housekeeping duties will occasionally provide valet services for Kate. In other words, the attendant’s duties will include laying out Middleton’s clothes, but not choosing or even shopping for them. Bottom line: Kate’s sartorial choices will still be her own; she’ll just leave the ironing to someone else.
In any case, palace insiders were quick to note that the couple, who famously decided to live without any domestic staff (and will continue to do so at their permanent Anglesey home), will not be taking on any additional servants, such as formal valets or butlers.
In fact, as it stands, the housekeeper-dresser, who is only expected to be utilized prior to official royal engagements, anyway, is the only outside help the couple is seeking.
Better start dusting off that résumé, Jeeves.