Queen’s Jubilee aides ‘made staff cry’ and ‘threw tantrums’ in fresh royal bullying claims


David Vines White holds a key role in the royal household as Garter Principal King of Arms, which involves presiding over key state events like Her Majesty’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee

The Garter Principal King of Arms David Vines White has been accused of bullying junior members of staff
The Garter Principal King of Arms David Vines White has been accused of bullying junior members of staff

One of the Queen’s top aides and a key figure in her Platinum Jubilee Celebrations has been accused of bullying junior staff.

Sources claim there have been “multiple complaints” made about David Vines White – who holds the prestigious role of Garter Principal King of Arms.

Five female members of staff – three secretaries and at least two porters – have resigned from their post since he took the position in July last year, according to reports.

Mr White, 60, is a key ceremonial figure and is seen walking in front of the Queen every year at the state opening of Parliament.

He also advises the Government and Buckingham Palace about large state events, including the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration which is set to take place in June.

The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June this year after passing the 70-year milestone in February
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One of Mr White’s duties is to walk in front of the Queen at the state opening of parliament
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His boss, the Duke of Norfolk, is responsible for organizing state events.

The duke told the Mail On Sunday he was aware of the allegations and said he summoned Mr White “imminently” for an “initial discussion”.

He also said he takes his role “extremely seriously” and wouldn’t hesitate to “take any action necessary.”

Mr White advises Buckingham Palace and the Government about key state events
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Mr White’s upcoming appearances include presiding over the Duchess of Cornwall being sworn in as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter – the top slot among knighthood ranks.

It will also fall on Mr White to pronounce the Queen’s death from the balcony of St James’s Palace on the date of her passing.

According to sources, the staff members had no issues with Mr White’s predecessor, Sir Thomas Woodcock, 70, who held the role for 11 years.

Sir Thomas’s former secretary Lydia Birch was the first to leave, just three months after Mr White took over.

The Queen was spotted for the first time in weeks on Thursday being driven around Sandringham
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Her replacement lasted a day, leaving the job behind after Mr White allegedly had a “tantrum”, it is claimed.

The next secretary, Caroline Goldsack, stayed a month before handing her notice in. There were other resignations from two porters at the College of Arms, according to reports.

One source claimed to the Mail: ‘He threw tantrums. There was a culture of bullying, undermining and making staff cry.

“Perhaps the pressure is getting to him. He’s started a new job and with the jubilee there’s a lot on.”

Another unnamed source confirmed there are “multiple complaints” lodged against him relating to the College of Arms.

The Palace has also received complaints about his “aggressive behaviour”.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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