Rumours have been swirling about one of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s personal assistants after she was given a special honour from the Queen.
It’s quite a big honour.
Her Majesty’s annual New Year’s Honours list recognises individuals who are awarded official honours for outstanding achievements and services throughout the year.
There were other recipients as well.
Some of the recipients on this year’s list include Christopher Nolan for his contributions to film, the divers involved in the Thai cave rescue and first responders to the Manchester and London terror attacks.
This year’s list also named Natasha Archer, Kate and William’s personal assistant as a new member of The Royal Victorian Order. It’s a knighthood designed to recognise personal service to the royal family.
We are sure the honour must be incredibly exciting for Archer. However, it has set royal fans ablaze with theories on what the honour might mean for the long-time assistant.
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So, what would this mean?
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Archer is married to royal photographer Chris Jackson. And she is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to a son. Now that she’s a mum, there is speculation that she may be intending to leave her role as Kate and William’s assistant.
Royal fans took to Twitter to discuss their thoughts on the honour and what it might mean for Archer. One wrote:-
“This kinda confirms my suspicion that she’ll be leaving the team after the birth of her baby”.
But others insisted the honour may not mean she’s on her way out.
A fan wrote: “It’s also common for staff members to get an honour after some years of service”.
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Royal staff are often given an honour when they leave. But, it’s also common for staff members to get an honour after some years of service with loyalty.
Even if Archer was planning to leave her royal job behind, it would be fairly uncommon to award her with an honour just before she leaves.
Generally members of the royal staff are honoured after they’ve finished their role, not beforehand. Either way, we are sure she’s thrilled by the honour and looking forward to whatever she has planned next.