Kate and William's private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, was forced to withdraw an internal memo sent around the Saint James palace staff seeking a "housekeeper/dresser" to accompany the royal couple on their upcoming trip to Canada yesterday. The Daily Mail printed his refreshingly funny public statement about his mistake:
I made a boob. It is the first time I have worked for a lady. It was a move on my behalf to create a structure that was based on what is traditional.
Kate is said to have vetoed the plan herself, reportedly calling it a "waste of money" and saying that she doesn’t want to be "seen as a clothes horse"; sources from the palace say that she plans to wear clothing from her existing wardrobe. She will, however, be bringing her hairdresser, James Pryce. The rest of the entourage will consist of Lowther-Pinkerton as well as press secretaries Chris Keeley, Miguel Head, Patrick Harrison, adviser Sir David Manning, and one additional secretary who has not yet been named. With a detectable note of worry, the Daily Mail adds that Kate lacks female company in the trip:
But the Duchess will not have a lady-in-waiting, an official female companion, so the private secretaries are likely to take on some of the duties of this role such as collecting gifts or flowers. Catherine will also be assisted by staff from the official buildings where she is staying.
Which is nonsense, of course, because everyone knows there's no better confidant than a good hairdresser.