Prince William’s former secretary Simon Case caught up in BoJo’s ‘Partygate’

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In July 2018, Simon Case became the private secretary to Prince William. “Private secretary” doesn’t mean the same thing in the UK as it does in the US. The position is more than taking messages, filing and keeping up with paperwork – in the UK, private secretaries are more akin to a “chief of staff” position, someone largely in charge of lower-ranked staff. The private secretary to a high-ranking royal is a powerful position, a kingmaker position. Case resigned as Prince William’s private secretary in March 2020 after he was “poached” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Case had a revolving door between royal work and political work – he came into William’s office after serving as the principal private secretary to both Theresa May and David Cameron. Under BoJo, Case became a Cabinet secretary, another powerful position.

During Case’s time in William’s office, he obviously oversaw a lot of unfolding disaster within Kensington Palace. If he was not directly responsible for the smear campaign against the Duchess of Sussex, Case didn’t stop it or attempt to reel in his petty, enraged primary charge. He was also colluding with Jason Knauf to set up Meghan as a bully – Case’s name is all over the messages Knauf leaked to the media this year, and Case did nothing to stop Knauf and William’s unhinged plotting. Well, funny story. Case is caught up in the ongoing debacle about Downing Street parties during lockdown one year ago.

The country’s leading civil servant has stepped down from his role investigating alleged lockdown-breaking parties inside Downing Street after claims emerged he had hosted an event himself over the same period. No 10 said Simon Case had removed himself from the process “to ensure the ongoing investigation retains public confidence”. He will be replaced by veteran civil servant Sue Gray, second permanent secretary at the communities and levelling up department.

“She will ascertain the facts and present her findings to the prime minister,” the statement added, giving no time for this.

A report by Case into an alleged party inside No 10 on 18 December last year, when all indoor social mixing was banned, plus a series of other claimed events, had been due to be published as early as this week. But the plans were plunged into doubt after a series of sources alleged a Christmas event for staff took place in Case’s office on 17 December, the day before the supposed Downing Street party.

Some outlets described staff from both the Cabinet Office and other departments mingling in Case’s office and an outside room on 17 December last year, the day before a No 10 party he has been investigating. The occasion is said to have included drinks, snacks and Christmas decorations. But a Cabinet Office statement said staff in Case’s private office took part in “a virtual quiz” on that date.

It said: “A small number of them, who had been working in the office throughout the pandemic and on duty that day, took part from their desks, while the rest of the team were virtual. The Cabinet Secretary played no part in the event, but walked through the team’s office on the way to his own office. No outside guests or other staff were invited or present. This lasted for an hour and drinks and snacks were bought by those attending. He also spoke briefly to staff in the office before leaving.”

[From The Guardian]

I’ll summarize: BoJo is in deep sh-t because he and his staff were having tons of holiday parties in December 2020. To cover his own ass, BoJo appointed Simon Case to “look into it” and likely help him cover it up. Case accepted the charge and was about to “look into it” when everyone was like “hey, Simon Case’s staff threw a holiday party last year as well.” And now BoJo is mad because Case probably lied to him and acted all innocent. Embarrassment after embarrassment from this Tory crew. This doesn’t leave Case politically neutered though, and God knows, even if his political career takes a hit, he’ll always be able to find royal work.

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  1. Lorelei says:

    The Gold Standards continue to excel 🥰

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Well, well, well. Chickens, home and roosting spring to mind. Until they do right by Meghan everything they all think to do will crumble. And that’s on the ancestors.

    • Nievie says:

      i have friends who were barred from seeing loved ones on their deathbeds while these a**h**** were partying. Its disgusting. I live alone and spend christmas alone due to the last minute lockdown..literally two boroughs over from bozzer the asswipe. I hope he’s gone by january.

  2. Nic919 says:

    Case was outed as the man behind the Flybe smearing incident. He and Jason are typical Tory boy shits and it says exactly who William and kate are that they still have them in their circle. They are blatantly political and play culture war games from the right and really not much different from the MAGA types in the US. Hence why they were so triggered by the mere presence of an intelligent biracial American feminist.
    Case being called out for his hypocrisy is a bit of karmic Justice, but he still managed to do a lot of damage against the Sussexes, especially Meghan, in the media which has had a lingering effect.

    • Chloe says:

      I find the timing of his hiring by KP incredibly curious. July 2018, a few months after the wedding and at the hight of harry and meghan’s popularity, till march 2020, when meghan and harry officially stepped back.

      Job well done i’d say.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        I think it was March 2018. My theory is he was hired to smear her so that the wedding didn’t go through and then when that didn’t work to intensify the operation until she left. Once that was done he went back to his regular day job. Look out for an Order of the British Empire some time in his future.

      • Tara says:

        @royal blue there was a rumor that Harry was afraid the Queen wouldn’t approve the marriage so he and Meghan eloped in Botswana the summer before their UK wedding. Not sure how true it is though.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Yes @ Chloe, the timing is very curious. Case’s hiring was announced in March 2018-technically didn’t start until July. Shyster on deck for the Cambridges.

        @Tara, a rumor at best. Harry (no matter what the BM/rota/nefarious figures want to imply), respected his Commander-in-Chief, the Queen and his grandmother). The Queen officially met Meghan in September 2017 I believe. Engagement announced end of November 2017. People can insinuate all they want about the Queen’s approval/disapproval. The corgis gave Meghan their approval and to animal people, like the Queen, that matters a lot. Harry wasn’t worried, he knew. The others involved in the smear campaign didn’t like that. There was the kerfuffle with the Cambridges bringing their dog to Christmas without asking first. The corgis and the Queen were not happy about that.

        A reminder, the Queen took Meghan on an overnight solo engagement on the Royal Train within a month of her marrying Harry. Something Kate, William or Harry had never done (overnight engagement or Royal Train). A big deal. Sheesh, Kate didn’t meet the Queen for yearssssssssss. It wasn’t until after Meghan that Kate did a solo engagement with the Queen-her previous one was with Philip also, many years after being a married in. So, pshaw on that rumor.

        I hope Simon Case has a very unmerry Christmas. It will all be like Cressida Dick investigating Andrew. Under Rug Swept.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        Dr. Case is getting a taste of his own medicine. I don’t know how he sleeps at night.

        Agreatreckoning, thanks for clearing up the March/July date. Somehow March stuck with me some time ago when I was investigating the connection between the smear and the arrival of Simon Case.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      There’s just a cruelty to all of it that I find hard to understand (though I see the same thing in the GOP here in the US). The Flybe stunt, bullying a pregnant woman to the point of suicidality & then refusing her help. And on the political side, throwing parties in person while people all over the country sacrificed time with loved ones to try to do the right thing.

      It’s like they get off on inflicting pain & look down on the people who experience it.

      • Nic919 says:

        The political aides aren’t related to her so while it’s not okay that they were this cruel, I find it is even worse that William and Kate were perfectly fine in participating in the cruelty. It really shows how despicable they both are as people to do this to their own family. It is unforgivable and frankly doesn’t bode well for how they are raising the next generation.

      • swirlmamad says:

        Agree 100% with you, Nic919. How someone can be so cold, cruel, and heartless towards their own family member is unfathomable to me. There is something seriously wrong with both of them — acting like they are so kind and giving yet they are the complete opposite behind the scenes.

      • Chic says:

        Oddly, there is a story in Fail about William flying his helicopter, I’m guessing all those helicopter flights during lockdown that were never accounted for we’re William and that story is about to come out. There is something afoot. It’s like karma coming for all the Meghan haters

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        I agree that it doesn’t bode well for the children. For all the talk of the “normal” Middletons, none of the adult kids appear to be very psychologically healthy. Add to that the Windsor dysfunction, the heir/spares dynamic, plus the toxic press games & it really seems like those kids have much of a chance, for all of their privilege.

    • Nisa says:

      I agree with you but i can’t understand how a educated feminist would give up her life and job to marry into any royal family (especially with the history of every royal family in mind).

      • Chloe says:

        Because she fell in love @Nisa. Thats how. You do everything for the people you love.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        So Meghan should not have married the man she loves due to his background?? How could she have known that a whole family, their country’s press and the government will move mountains against her? Victim blaming much?

      • Charm says:

        This narrative has no legs, no matter how hard you & your ilk try to push it down our throats.
        But I’ll answer your try-hard question by way of this pushbk:

        From M’s very first, formal intvw following the announcement of their engagement, i:e the Engagement Interview, she spk to the fact tht she saw the much larger platform of the RF as an opp not only to continue the advocacy wk she’s been doing all her life, but now on a much larger scale;

        she didnt “give up her job” but rather: moved on to a new chapter of her life. Thats wht migrating, getting married & hvng children means;

        nothing tht she did or has done, has nullified her feminist bona fides. Feminism is abt recognizing & advocating for fair & equal treatment of men & women. She continues to live her beliefs.

        Its not M’s fault for only finding out after the fact, as many of us hv, tht the british royal family is nothing more than one long millennial con by a family of welfare grifters wth roots in germany, tht hv successfully ruled ravaged & plundered more than half the world & its populations and continues to keep its foot on the neck of almost the entire UK.

        Of course, H hadnt been fully on board wth his fam’s ruthless con. As he told Dax Shepherd, he’d “always felt different” & he credited tht to his mother’s influence.
        Hence, it was a no-brainer tht he was quickly able to see, both thru his wife’s eyes as well as his newly opened ones, the unvarnished truth & so took his family & bounced.

      • Nic919 says:

        She actually had a global platform in marrying into the family to promote feminist ideas, something that she did in addition to her acting roles prior to marriage. She didn’t just get married and quit her job but she took on another one. Which a larger scope. And she made sure to state she was a feminist on the website, something that wasn’t done before. It’s too bad the family was jealous of the international attention the couple was getting, but Meghan now has more visibility than she ever had and she is using that to promote feminist ideals around the world.

      • Nievie says:

        because – and i say this with the nicest intention…the american view of celebrity is not what the royal family is. they do not operate the same way as the hollywood machine and poor meghan had no clue what she was walking into. The firm is not what regular celebrity is.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Wow @ Nisa, that is a very curious comment. It wasn’t like there were billboards out there saying that the BRF isn’t what they advertise themselves to be. Ultimately, Meghan, a feminist and other noble things, loves Harry. Her love for him maybe blinded her temporarily to the idea that the BRF/Firm was an actual self aware, charity driven, loving environment.

        Meghan was not looking at the RF as celebrities. Her pov was they are Harry’s family. A family that ultimately failed Harry, her husband and smeared her forcing them to leave for their own mental health as well as their childrens.

        It has nothing to do with a Hollywood machine. Ask Harry that question. IMO, the Firm acts on a more malevolent, superficial manner than Hollywood, if that’s possible. Lord knows, who wins the battle between the Firm vs Hollywood in covering up the secrets of the awful.

      • Apple says:

        Harry is a good man. Meghan is a good woman. They see the good in each other and fell in love, because they are human. Love is a beautiful and special thing. Who are we – or anyone for that matter – to question their love for each other? You don’t need to “understand” their choices, because that – and their union – is between the two of them only. No one could have predicted the future or the extent of vile-ness from the firm. If you were a true Sussex supporter, you would just support them. Like what many of us have been doing. Rather than questioning their past choices and their union for that matter.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        so @Nisa are you implying that the only suitable spouse to marry into the royal family should be uneducated anti-feminist. Ahh, I see where you are going with this…I have one person in mind, but the uneducated part is questionable. Can you have a degree from the University of St. Andrews and still be considered uneducated?

  3. Chloe says:

    I sincerely hope Case will have sleepless nights for days to come and that his Christmas will be ruined.

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    Of course he’s up to his eyeballs – he is ALWAYS found to be in the centre of sleaze. Karma is coming for BoJo who will take everyone else down with him. BoJo is on the verge of committing his final act of career suicide – he WILL approve a lockdown without consulting parliament.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Case has been credited as the mastermind behind the Flybe stunt. He was also the named source in the Sunday Times report about William wanting to exile Harry and Meghan to Africa so he was deeply involved in the smear campaign against them. If he gets booted out of Downing Street he will be back at KP in no time.

  6. equality says:

    News I read said that Boris’ party is facing some upsets in current elections.

  7. Jay says:

    You know William is like: Ooh, so he’ll be available soon?

  8. Harla says:

    I laughed and laughed at the line “to ensure the ongoing investigation retains public confidence”. Bless their hearts that they think that anyone has confidence in anything they do.

  9. mariahlee says:

    People like him are never down for long. *If* he loses his job, bc it seems he’s been sacrificed by tptb in this scandal, he’ll probably rebound in the private sector for a bit (media, perhaps) before making his return to politics. Maybe just in time to advise the next PoW.

  10. Merricat says:

    It’s hard to kill a cockroach, and they make up the bedrock of Tory politics.

  11. aquarius64 says:

    You don’t resign unless there are receipts that prove culpability; and there must be a ton. Case may not get a job at KP because Party gate during the during the pandemic. William and Kate had their own COVID messes: he, 2nd in line to the throne and future monarch, didn’t bother to tell anyone he tested positive for COVID until 6 months after the fact. She may have been exposed during a soccer game where the Cambridges and George attended. Now the Keen Christmas concert may be a super spreader. From what I see the Tories in charge botched the UK COVID response and may pay for it.

  12. Jais says:

    I wish all of them would be fired and shamed in the public square. It’s what they wanted for Meghan and she didn’t do a dang thing but they’re hypocrites that actually held parties while fining other people for doing the same thing. I’d be curious to see how many POC have been fined for having parties during lockdown while Simon Case, Boris Johnson, and all their friends were smugly partying with no repercussions. Throwing vegetables and yelling shame at them would only be the tip of the iceberg of what they deserve. Apparently Cressida Dick and the Met say that fines cannnot be retroactively given for these No. 10 parties but pretty sure that’s BS bc the BBC gave examples where they had in fact retroactively fined people for Covid violations. So yeah let’s monetarily fine the commoners while the rich elite drink wine, eat cheese and crackers, laugh it up, and are definitely not fined. F*ck all of them. They’re not fit to lick Meghan’s boots.

  13. A says:

    But the basic concept of senior members of the royal family hiring party hacks to manage who they talk to, what causes they speak about, and who else works for them is still a-okay, right? I’d hate this one bad apple to ruin what is surely an entirely non-politically motivated, non-class-dependent system of employment.

  14. Over it says:

    I have a question which isn’t related to this trash Simon, what ever happen to the new public image people Kate and will had hired around the time of the Oprah interview? Because from what I keep seeing with the shitty pr around will and Kate, it doesn’t look like these people are good at the job unless they up and already quit.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Overit: The new Comms Secretary’s task is to make Wiliam and Kate in the image of Harry and Meghan. That’s what they’ve been attempting to do these last few months. Everything that William and Kate have done since Harry and Meghan have left is from the Sussexes playbook.

      • Elizabeth Regina says:

        Thankfully they are so sh;t at copying like they are at everything else. The failure of terra cacas was the ultimate sore point for skull and bones.

      • RoyalBlue says:

        @Elizabeth! hahahahaha. terra cacas. you win.

    • Jay says:

      Well, if I’m not mistaken the new PR people that were going to come in and fix up the royals were also a hire from the Tory government, right? I remember that being mentioned at the time.

      It’s not a revolving door between the palace and Number 10, it’s a freaking merry-go-round.

  15. Lady Digby says:

    Is it just me or does Simon Briefcase look like greasy Jason’s evil twin? KP and Tory henchmen sing from the same hymn sheet. UK is in a lot of trouble with looming lockdown with Boris “in charge” and TQ being wheeled out to steady the Nation’s nerves again with the Speech. I would rather listen to Chris Whitty and David Attenborough than the current clown show and no W and K jazz handing around a Xmas tree on ITV tonight doesn’t give me a warm feeling either!

  16. Nanea says:

    Sue Gray, who is tasked with looking into all those Christmas party proceedings and allegations, reports directly to Simon Case, who’s her boss.

    So I don’t think that anything will come out of it.

    What’s worse, apparently The Fail and The Torygraph have seen the lists of attendees, but don’t see the necessity to publish anything right now.

    Theories I’ve seen elsewhere have speculated that there might have been either involvement from Keensington Palace that wouldn’t look good if it were to come out, or that Carrie (Symonds) Johnson was there.

    • Jaded says:

      This needs to be an independent “judge-led” investigation. How on earth is Sue Gray going to be able to run an objective and fair investigation when she reports to Case? I read that party attendees’ work phones have been confiscated but not their personal ones, which would likely contain photos and messages related to the 2 Christmas parties. And I’m sure Carrie was there, she has her hands in everything going on there.

  17. 2cents says:

    Simon Case had a stellar career in the British executive, governmental and royal establishment as Mr. Fix-It. Be it Brexit negotiations, helping William & Kate bully H&M out of the country, handling the government’s coronavirus respons or leading the British civil service without any experience of managing a large department, it seemed he could do it all at the relatively young age of 42.

    His resume shows that he’s a very career-driven and smart guy, but what’s clear now is that although he is loyal, he lacks integrity. He will sign up for any dirty job: fix Party-gate for Boris knowing that he himself was involved in the scandal or design and lead a vile smear campaign against two senior royals, H&M.

    Now that Simon has stepped down from the inquiry, he’s become Boris’ ideal fall guy to be thrown under the bus for this scandal. If Simon gets sacked, he might follow in his wife’s footsteps (chief finance officer at and require a topjob in the private sector, given his expertise and impressive network that should be easy.

    Although Teflon Boris is a survivor, the electorate is finally beginning to wake up from the Brexit amnesia and to see that this emperor wears no clothes. The North Shropshire by-election loss could indeed mark that Boris Johnson has lost his winning touch, bringing an end to his dictatorial (and hidden republican) ambitions.

  18. Likeyoucare says:

    He maybe have a great resume, but any ethical company will surely think twice to hire him.
    And i dont mean The BRF, because BRF is the most unethical and corrupted firm of them all.

  19. Marivic says:

    All those who besmirched and tried to destroy Harry and Meghan are getting their karma: Simon Case, Daily Mail, Jason Knauf, Donald Trump, and William.

  20. Well Wisher says:

    Simon Case is considered a good hire because he can be flexible, while this quality can be an asset, not in this case. He is probably well qualified, or not, but is willing to do what the boss ask, irregardless of morality.
    His loyalty is bought when he becomes a member of staff. It is what provided access to the échelons of power? Access means opportunity to move up on his career path. It made it easy for him to willingly create a false premise with the budget flight fiasco. This attitude can be considered successful based on the working environnement. It failed as a means to implement “tall poppy syndrome”, by increasing tawdiness already surrounding TOB, of which the stench will follow him to the throne,and hopefully deflate his influence.
    Sadly Simon did not réalisé that this attitude is impossibly unworkable in the public sector for example the sphere of politics. Not to worry, these types are rarely effectively punished, instead most of them get rewarded.