Prince William and Kate hiring new £22,000-a-year security guard

Kensington Palace has put out a job for a new security guard to protect Prince William’s royal residence (Picture: Kensington AP/Getty/Historic Royal Palaces)

Kensington Palace is increasing the protection of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after two security breaches last month.

On the morning of Christmas Day, an intruder armed with a crossbow breached Windsor Castle grounds.

It came after police shot dead a suspected gunman near Prince William’s west London residence, where he lives with Kate Middleton and their children, George, Charlotte and Louis.

It appears to have prompted Historic Royal Palaces to recruit a new guard to help protect the young royal household.

The role will involve supporting the team in ‘making Kensington Palace a safe and secure place to work and visit’ and safeguarding it from ‘the threats of intrusion, theft, damage, fire, flood and other situations’.

Tasks will include patrolling and monitoring CCTV at the Cambridge’s main home.

The job advert states: ‘We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our operations team as a security officer (cover).

A suspected gunman was shot dead by police near Kensington Palace last month (Picture: PA)
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a man with a firearm entering a nearby bank (Picture: PA)

‘As a security officer your role will be to support the team in making Kensington Palace a safe and secure place to work and visit.

‘Tasks will include the traditional elements of access control, patrolling, maintaining shift log records, monitoring CCTV, monitoring life safety systems, opening and closing the estate and being ready to assist our visitors in any way that helps them enjoy an unforgettable experience.

‘As the role is a support role, your shift pattern may be ad-hoc at times and will involve both day and night working across a seven-day rotation.’

The £22,390 per annum part-time role entails two days, two nights on and then four nights off.

The new recruit will ideally be someone with experience in a security control room environment and is comfortable using technical systems.

Last week, shared the first picture of the 19-year-old suspect who is alleged to have ‘scaled Windsor Castle with a crossbow’ while the Queen celebrated Christmas.

Jaswant Singh Chail, from Southampton, was detained under the Mental Health Act in the grounds of the royal’s Berkshire residence, sparking a major security review.

The suspected gunman was shot three times as he sat in the back of a taxi in Kensington Gardens, near Kensington Palace, last month.

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