It has been revealed that Prince Charles has recruited an NHS spin doctor to lead his communications staff.
Simon Enright, the NHS’s head of communications and a former deputy editor of BBC Newsnight, will be taking over Charles’ public relations at Clarence House.
In the Telegraph, royal analyst Camilla Tominey wrote: “Prince Charles has hired an NHS spin doctor to head his communications in the wake of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
“One of the first jobs in Simon Enright’s in-tray will be to help rehabilitate the heir to the throne’s image in light of damaging claims made by Prince Harry earlier this month.”
Meanwhile, Victoria O’Byrne, the head of communications for NHS Test and Trace, will be working with William and Kate at Kensington Palace.
Both are scheduled to begin in May.
Ms. O’Byrne began working for the health service in September of last year, and her LinkedIn profile lists ‘crisis communications’ as one of her specialties.
They’ve been charged with restoring the royal family’s image after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s startling accusations in an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month.
Prince Harry discussed his relationship with his father, Prince Charles, with Oprah Winfrey, acknowledging that the two had been on bad terms for a time and that there was “a lot to work through”
For Prince Harry and Meghan, the experience has been “unbelievably tough,” as they famously told Oprah.
The Duke also stated that his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, were “trapped.”
“Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are. My father and my brother, they are trapped,” he added.
“They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
Mr Enright was ‘the dream person to be in this role,’ according to a former BBC colleague, and is ‘a really positive, likeable person,’ according to the Daily Telegraph.
They said: ‘He’ll be straight, enthusiastic and open with colleagues. This is a very smart hire at a time when the Prince of Wales could do with some help.’
Mr. Enright, 51, was a key figure in the NHS’s communication strategy during the coronavirus outbreak.
He spent 16 years with the BBC, rising to the rank of deputy editor of Newsnight before joining NHS England in 2013.
Mr Enright, the son of the late Labour MP and MEP Derek Enright, attended UWC Atlantic College in St Donat’s Castle, South Wales, before graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics in 1991.
Mr. Enright will succeed Julian Payne, who announced his resignation as Charles’ director of communications in January.
Mr. Payne has been named Chair of Corporate Affairs EMEA at Edelman, a multinational public relations company.