The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge
and Duchess of Cambridge
are staffing up.
The royal couple are looking for a housekeeper for their home in Kensington Palace, PEOPLE has confirmed.
What are the job requirements? The applicant must be willing to keep their home clean, tend to the glass and silverware and run some basic errands for the couple. That could even mean looking after little Lupo
, their cocker spaniel.
The position is a "standard housekeeping" role, a spokesman says, and it has been advertised internally to other royal household staff.
Shortly after their marriage in 2011, they advertised for similar help
. But William and Kate reversed the decision
, removing the advertisement after they told aides they didn't need household help just yet.
But things change: Now, as they are expecting their first child
and prepare to move into their new, larger home at Apartment 1A of Kensington
, they're ready for some assistance.
And they aren't short of applicants. The U.K.'s Sunday Express
, which broke the story
of opening in the royals' staff, says 15 people have put their hat in the ring.
The new post will be the couple's second recent appointment. Late last year they took on their first orderly – a Fijian corporal, seconded from the Parachute regiment. He has been driving the couple (and was seen behind the wheel at Kate's visit to her prep school
, St. Andrew's in Pangbourne, just before she announced her pregnancy) and helping with logistics on their visits.
He reportedly will also be on hand to help periodically with Prince William's clothes.