King Charles has hired a constitutional law expert as deputy private secretary as he prepares to downsize the monarchy.
Dr John Sorabji, professor of law at University College London (UCL) and former lawyer at Nine St John Street Chambers, has been recruited by Buckingham Palace to strengthen the team of the new monarch.
He will play a supporting role to the king’s longtime private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, who has worked in the royal household since 2015.
A royal source described Dr Sorabji as a ‘good man’ and ‘super smart’, saying he would be instrumental in ‘building up and strengthening’ Charles III’s court.
Make the monarchy profitable
The appointment of such an erudite law professor will give weight to the theory that the king plans not only to make the monarchy more profitable, but also to increase the transparency of the institution as he prepares for the coronation. next year.
Dr Sorabji’s legal expertise will no doubt also prove useful when it comes to handling the publication of the Duke of Sussex’s forthcoming memoir – and other potentially incendiary cases involving Harry and Meghan.
Described by his former practices as an expert in data protection, constitutional and procedural law, Dr Sorabji was called to the bar in 2001 after graduating from Oxford and earning a master’s degree in law from UCL before returning to Oxford to complete his doctorate.
Last year he was appointed legal adviser to the independent review of the Human Rights Act.