Queen Camilla has rehired her longest-serving leaker Amanda MacManus

One of the things Prince Harry wrote about in Spare was how his father and grandmother both had their go-to person to leak certain information outside of the normal palace communications channels. QEII had Angela Kelly doing her dirty work, and now King Charles has several people leaking sh-t on his behalf. I actually think Charles has streamlined operations so that now Buckingham Palace’s comms department really is briefing against family members out in the open, without even keeping up any pretense. It’s that way for the Queen Consort as well – Camilla has always had people around her who speak on her behalf, and they’re some of the nastiest, most cut-throat people around. Speaking of, one of Camilla’s go-to leakers was just rehired.

The Queen’s longest serving aide has returned to her side as a trustee of her online book club. Amanda MacManus, 68, was hired by the then Camilla Parker Bowles shortly after the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales and only resigned from the Royal household last year. However, she is extremely close to the Queen and royal aides thought it only a matter of time before she returned to support Her Majesty in some capacity.

The South African-born mother-of-two was the Queen’s most trusted aide, working for decades as her private secretary and de facto lady-in-waiting.. Known to close friends as Mandy, she has been credited with gradually transforming public perceptions of the Queen. Mrs MacManus briefly lost her job in 1998, only to be rehired days later.

The then Mrs Parker Bowles was said to have been “furious” when she discovered that details of her first meeting with a teenage Prince William in 1998 had been leaked to the press. She had told Mrs MacManus about the meeting who had in turn told her husband, a media executive, who was said to have told a former colleague, who told a newspaper. Mrs Parker Bowles took the unusual step of releasing a public statement, announcing that Mrs MacManus had “resigned” following an investigation. It said “Mrs Parker Bowles agrees that her position had become untenable”.

Mrs MacManus said she was “very sorry”, adding: “It is a matter of great regret to me that chance remarks of mine led to the disclosure in the press of the private meeting between Mrs Parker Bowles and Prince William.

“I am so very sorry for the distress this has caused. Above all, my shame is that I have failed those who demand loyalty and trust, particularly my remarkable employer Mrs Parker Bowles.”

However, when it became clear that Mrs MacManus had not briefed a newspaper, she was quickly reinstated. The incident was recalled by the Duke of Sussex In his memoir, Spare, although he claimed it was his mother-in-law who had leaked the story to the press. The newspaper articles contained “pinpoint accurate details”, he wrote, “none of which had come from Willy, of course. They could only have been leaked by the one other person present”.

A royal source said in January: “Harry has created a very crisp narrative which in parts is a conflation of different versions of stories.”

[From The Telegraph]

It’s all being cleaned up now and the invisible contract is working overtime to conveniently forget the fact that Camilla would often brief journalists about Charles and Diana, and that she’s a nasty old gossip herself, with a long history of chummy relationships with some of the most contemptible dregs of the British media. My point is that Amanda MacManus is being rewarded for her decades spent at Camilla’s side, helping Camilla homewreck and smear her way to the crown, leaving bodies on the street in her wake.

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  1. Pinkosaurus says:

    Vicious Mandy pulled from retirement to keep W&K in line, no doubt. No rest for the wicked when the royal family is involved.

    • Jais says:

      Yes, if we’re the Waleses, I’d be concerned.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      No doubt. Let the games begin!!!

      imagine being in a family that takes your grievances directly to the gutter press for all to read. there isn’t a decent one out of the entire bunch.

      • AnnaKist says:

        This is why I think the “never complain, never explain” idea is a lot of garbage; a cover to hide behind. They leak the stories they want to, and then leave them hanging there, without complaint and without explanation, and they always come across as the victims of disloyal loose lips.

        Camilla and her gaggle of geriatric gossips are utterly contemptible, but this is the royal system, and QE2 established it very well. Chuck and Scam are streamlining, modernising and perfecting it.. I just have complete disgust for these people. I cannot wait until Australia is no longer a part of the Commonwealth.. bring it on..

  2. Rapunzel says:

    “The incident was recalled by the Duke of Sussex In his memoir, Spare, although he claimed it was his mother-in-law who had leaked the story to the press.”

    Um…you mean stepmother. Doria Ragland is no leaker. My god, they get nothing right.

    I find it interesting though that they bring up the leaking. Almost like the press wants us to know the call is coming from inside the palace.

  3. ariel says:

    White trash with money. Aristocracy just means your ancestors were successful at being criminals and a stain on humanity.

    Also, i like leaker lady’s purse. I would totally buy that.

  4. Wannabefarmer says:

    Geezus, that blue pants thingy. ‘What is that’, those four people are thinking.

  5. Eurydice says:

    Yes, when you need an assassin, best to bring in a tried and true professional.

    • Christine says:

      Fucking word. These people wouldn’t recognize a professional if it would save their lives. This is the important part:

      “Amanda MacManus, 68, was hired by the then Camilla Parker Bowles shortly after the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales and only resigned from the Royal household last year.”


  6. Horsilla leaves the stable and her gin and oats for one reason only and that is to wreck as many lives as she is able to. Of course she has welcomed her leaker back. Now trot off and leak whatever I tell you to.

  7. Laura D says:

    If I were Kate I’d avoid going through tunnels on a dark night! If Camilla is bringing back this woman then it means that W&K are in for a rough ride. If she could smear someone as beloved and popular as Diana who was also mother to the heir and a spare. Turning the public against someone as lazy and greedy as Kate will be child’s play. Ma Middleton won’t be able to retaliate, as the bankruptcy story is keeping her firmly in her box!

  8. Cel2495 says:

    I hope she is bringing her back to do her magic on William and Kate l would love to see that.
    Let the games of thrones begin!

    Just happy H and M are out of that cesspool.

  9. maisie says:

    it’s all one big inbred game of Telephone, innit?

  10. Aimee says:

    I still can’t get used to anyone referring to Camilla as “The Queen.”

  11. Worktowander says:

    Why do all of these people look like they just rolled out of bed?

  12. Ameerah M says:

    William and Kate should be worried. Why else would Camilla need to re-hire her top leaker?

  13. JanetDR says:

    Same! I find it very jarring.
    ( Oops, this was supposed to go under @Aimee’s comment)

  14. Becks1 says:

    Camilla making sure her go-to leaker is back on staff…..well well well.

    Also, what Harry describes and what seems to have happened after Camilla met William seems to be the same thing. Harry said Camilla leaked it; he didn’t necessarily mean she called the DM editor herself (although its possible.) oh no no, apparently she told her private secretary whose husband was a media executive. GEE, how did the details ever get out?!?!!?

    • Harper says:

      I have a hard time buying the idea that Camilla was furious that the details of her tea with Wills leaked. She hired MacManus to help rehabilitate her reputation. Of course she wanted the world to know that the tea with Wills went well. She then created four layers of deniability–Cams to MacManus, MacManus to her husband, husband to a colleague, colleague to a news reporter. It’s all strategy and she was paying for it!!

      The truth is Cams spills and her crowd is indiscreet. Recent case in point: Giles Coren, bestie of Tom Parker-Bowles, publicly tweets a confirmation of the Rose/Wills affair. Is famously told to walk it back, as he can’t resign a position as cover, but the damage is done and the screenshots will live forever.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think if she was furious, it was only bc it so directly linked back to her, even with those layers of deniability. She’s gotten better at the game since then.

        Wonder if the same thing happened with Giles Coren…..oh oops how did this information EVER get out?? oh no now everyone knows William is a cheater! how could Giles Coren, bestie of Camilla’s son, ever tweet such a thing?!!?!?

      • bisynaptic says:

        “However, when it became clear that Mrs MacManus had not briefed a newspaper, she was quickly reinstated.”
        After she already did the mea culpa? The only possible conclusion is that she didn’t need to brief a newspaper; she had only to brief her husband.

  15. Amy Bee says:

    Why can’t the Royaal let those who have resigned or retired ride off into the sunset? Is it because they hold too many secrets?

  16. QuiteContrary says:

    Camilla must be worried her body count is too low.

  17. Lisa Meyrose says:

    They look like sisters! Maybe it’s just the wrinkles?

    • Renae says:

      Perhaps Charles having his shoelaces ironed daily is misplaced.
      The iron should instead be used on wrinkles that are unsightly.

  18. Well Wisher says:

    Amanda MacManus’s loyalty towards Camilla is still beneficial, never mind the reasons and strategies employed to achieve the stated goals….
    It is expediency over character….
    There’s that word again – CHARACTER.

  19. JudyB says:

    Another reference to “who told ____, who heard it from ____, who heard it from ______, etc.” And I cannot stand that people refer to Camilla as “Her Majesty,” when there is absolutely nothing majestic about her. Makes her sound like a real queen instead of just a stand-in.

  20. BeanieBean says:

    First they say Amanda was canned after an investigation, then they say she was rehired after they found out she wasn’t the one to directly talk to the reporter. Must’ve been a crap investigation, then. Or a show investigation.