Lee Thompson, a high-profile executive at US media company NBC, has been appointed as the Duke and Duchess’ new PR chief after a “musical” Caribbean tour last year
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appointed a former Team GB triathlete as their new head of PR.
Lee Thompson, who currently works for US media company NBC Universal as a senior communications manager, will assume the new role of communications secretary and will work closely with William and Kate.
It comes after a tour of the Caribbean that was described as “non-musical” earlier this year.
The pair were met with protests as they toured Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas as they represented the Queen.
The couple’s former communications chief, Victoria O’Byrne, left the company last year due to a family illness.
Lee, in his 30s, is a Leeds University graduate and has previously helped grow CNBC’s YouTube audience by 600%.
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Before joining US Network’s London office, Lee worked for the Association of Chief Police Officers and PR firm Freuds.
The fitness enthusiast started competing in triathlons in 2015 and finished third at the 2018 Fyn ITU Duathlon World Championships.
According to the Sunday Times, Lee has been described as “an inspired asset” and “a brilliant, super-driven man who really understands international things”.
His experience should help prepare the Cambridges for their visit to the US this fall for the William’s Environmental Earthshot awards ceremony.
After the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, which rocked the royal family, a senior royal aide admitted, “We have a US problem.”
It has since been revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be leaving Kensington Palace and moving to Berkshire shortly.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly set to move into a house on the Queen’s Windsor estate this summer.
With the move, the couple are leaving Kensington Palace, which has been their primary residence since 2017, after visiting Norfolk’s Anmer Hall.
The royals are reported to be taking their son Prince George, 8, and daughter Princess Charlotte, 7, from their current school in Battersea at the height of this school year.
They will then join their younger brother, Prince Louis, 4, at a new school in September.
The decision was made with William turning 40 soon.
The royal couple will keep their Kensington Palace as their main base in London, while also keeping the Anmer Hall, which they are said to still use regularly.
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