WILL & KATE: THE ROYALS
When Prince William and Princess Kate visit New York City (and for Will, Washington, D.C.) this weekend, they won’t be alone. No, we’re not talking about the thousands of fans who will be hanging out nearby for a chance to see the regal couple, but the pair’s seven-person team of pros who will be sure the royals’ every moves are just so. Read on to meet the men and women tasked with the tough job.
MIGUEL HEAD: THE MAIN MAN
The savvy former Ministry of Defense man has been the couple’s public face for six years. Brought in to handle media for William and his brother Harry in 2008, Head, 35, was the man managing the hundreds of international press types who descended on London for Will and Kate’s 2011 wedding, and for their post-wedding tour of Canada and L.A. Since 2012, he’s been promoted to a more powerful but behind-the-scenes role as Will’s private secretary.
REBECCA DEACON: KATE'S SECRET WEAPON
Kate’s private secretary, Deacon, 32, grabbed the princess’s attention while working for the highly successful memorial Concert for Diana in 2007. A vicar’s daughter, she worked behind the scenes at the royal wedding. Now, she’s Kate’s main adviser and is alongside her at every public event.
AMANDA COOK TUCKER: KEEPER OF THE COIFFURE
Long-known in royal circles – she has been cutting Will’s hair since he was a teen – Tucker, 52, had the high-pressure job of tending Kate’s wavy, long, post-labor locks before she emerged from the hospital carrying newborn Prince George in July 2013. Kate also brought frizz-fighter Tucker on the couple’s 2012 trip to Southeast Asia and on their tour Down Under. Not on the royal payroll, Tucker is paid from the couple’s private kitty.
NATASHA ARCHER: THE HIDDEN HELPER
The couple’s personal assistant, Archer makes sure each tour outfit is perfectly assembled and ready for its appointed occasion. Way in advance, she calls in all of Kate’s clothes, bags, jewelry and shoes to be packed for the princess.
SIR DAVID MANNING: THE ELDER STATESMAN
The seasoned diplomat and former British ambassador to the U.S. has accompanied William on all his official overseas visits since the prince’s first trip representing the Queen in New Zealand in 2010. Manning, 65, was brought in at the suggestion of the Queen to provide foreign policy expertise and will be crucial when Will makes his trip to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8. There, the prince will give his first big policy speech talking about “zero tolerance” for those profiting from illegal wildlife trafficking.
NICK LOUGHRAN & LAURA KING: PRESS HANDLERS
After a shakeup of the palace staff earlier this year, with press operations now centralized out of Prince Charles’s office, Loughran – Will and Kate’s deputy communications director – and King (not pictured) will have the high-pressure task of keeping the estimated the media hordes in order while trying to make everyone happy. Wish them luck.