Prince William's former private secretary Simon Case takes over as head of civil service

A former private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge will become the new head of the UK civil service, Downing Street confirmed today.

Simon Case, who was made permanent secretary at Downing Street earlier this year after working closely with Prince William, was announced as the new man in the top job earlier.

Mr Case – a previous private secretary to Prince William – was revealed as the UK's new civil service chief by the PM today.

He will take up the role on September 9.

It was reported that the PM and Prince William had a discussion on the phone over Mr Case, who the PM wanted him to stay working in Government.

No10 sources didn't deny the report, saying they always work closely with the Royal Family.

Mr Case spent almost two years working as the Duke of Cambridge's right-hand man.

He temporarily moved his work to Number 10 as a permanent secretary earlier this year to help assist the government's coronavirus response.

The Prime Minister said today: "Simon will make a fantastic Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. His years of experience at the heart of government and working for The Royal Household make him ideally suited for this crucial role."

And Mr Case himself said: "It is an honour to be appointed as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. Over these few months of working on the Covid response, I have seen how much hard work is being done by the Civil Service to support the government and our country through unprecedented times.

"It is a privilege to come into this role to lead a Service that is working day in, day out to deliver for people right across the country."

The aide's promotion comes after Sir Mark Sedwill, who currently holds the post, announced he would step down.

Sedwill resigned amid widespread reports of alleged clashes with Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's chief adviser.

But it did confirm it would make an "official announcement" on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "An official announcement on the new Cabinet Secretary will be made on Tuesday 1 September."


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