Diana's Cousin Gets Work at Palace

James Duckworth-Chad, 28, a cousin of Princess Diana, is going to become one of Queen Elizabeth’s key right-hand men throughout Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee next year (marking the 50th year of her reign), reports PEOPLE. Duckworth-Chad, a captain in the Coldstream Guards, was handpicked to be a courtier and began work on Wednesday. He is the older brother of Davina Duckworth-Chad, a member of Prince William’s social set. The Duckworth-Chads are second cousins of Diana, and cousins three times removed to Prince William. The royal family has long-standing links with the Spencers and these have continued despite the ups and many downs that came with Diana’s marriage to — and subsequent divorce from — Prince Charles. Until two years ago, the Queen’s most important servant was her private secretary Sir Robert (now Lord) Fellowes, who is Diana’s brother-in-law, via her sister Lady Jane Fellowes. Their daughter Laura is close to Prince William. James Duckworth-Chad’s duties will include helping the Queen’s household with logistics and assisting with planning events and engagements. Usually, the appointment lasts for three years.

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