Boris Johnson urged the top official to contact the royal charity about Ms Carrie’s job
Simon Case, who previously worked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, had “contacted the Royal Foundation to discuss a paying job for Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie”.
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Boris Johnson instructed his top official to contact a royal charity to discuss a paying job for his wife Carrie, it has been claimed.
The Mirror revealed yesterday that the Prime Minister has asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to contact the Royal Foundation, which is awarding the Earthshot Prize in Autumn 2020.
But new claims emerged today that Mr Case, who previously worked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then made contact with their charity.
The senior official is said to have asked the foundation if Ms Johnson would be suitable for a communications role and if she could expect to be paid.
The Telegraph claimed the palace had decided it was inappropriate for the Prime Minister’s then-fiancé to be associated with the royals.
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They reported that Mr Case received a “quiet rebuke” and the idea was “kicked into the long grass” after staff said it would be inappropriate for Ms Johnson to work there because she is engaged to the Prime Minister.
Officials are understood to have said Ms Johnson’s relationship could undermine the political neutrality of the royals’ work, while the role may also have required her to speak to journalists.
The Mirror reported that the attempt to secure the job with the royals followed an offer by the PM to land her a role as ambassador at the COP 26 summit – which was also turned down by officials.
There is no indication that Ms Johnson, who was on maternity leave with the couple’s first child at the time, was aware of her husband’s efforts.
It follows allegations he tried to make her his £100,000-year Chief of Staff two years earlier, when he was Foreign Secretary and she was his girlfriend.
Downing Street denied that the Prime Minister himself had ordered Mr Case to contact the charity, but did not deny that he was involved in discussions about it or that Mr Case had done so.
A spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or as part of the Earthshot Prize.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-told-top-civil-27295563 Boris Johnson urged the top official to contact the royal charity about Ms Carrie's job