William, Kate, Harry and Meghan have thanked Sir David Manning for his service as he prepares to step down from his role as their special adviser.
Well, he will be missed, indeed. Sir David has come up to be an important part of the royal family, due to his work and dedication towards the royal family.
The 69-year-old was received by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon upon relinquishing his appointment. Senior aide David joined William and Harry’s household a decade ago in 2009. It was when the brothers’ royal profile was growing, going on to mentor Kate and more recently, Meghan.
No doubt he will be very much missed by both royal households.
A spokesman for the Cambridge and Sussex said: “Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the guidance and support that Sir David has provided over the last 10 years. His wise counsel has been central to the success of their international tours and the early stages of their official work”.
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Sir David was also instrumental in helping Kate Middleton in preparing for royal life. He was seen as a safe pair of hands who could work behind the scenes to guide the future Queen. He did the same for the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan as she made her own transition to royal life in 2018.
David has also joined both the royal couples on a number of royal tours.
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Some of those tours include Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first joint trip to Canada and the US. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tour of Dublin following their wedding. Both royal brothers and their wives are set to split their royal household and formally separate their staff within weeks.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan prepare to move to Windsor, to welcome their first baby together. The division of the household is thought to be a natural move with the royal brothers’ former double-act having developed into two couples and their families.