The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named the former triathlete their new director of public relations.
The royals have turned to Lee Thompson, a Leeds University graduate and former GB triathlete, to help improve their image following their recent Caribbean tour, when the monarchy’s role in the region was in question.
Lee, 34, has been described by The Sunday Times as “a brilliant, super active guy who really understands international things.”
He is currently Vice President of Global Communications and Strategic Partnerships at NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.
Lee is said to have helped increase CNBC’s YouTube subscriber count by as much as 600 percent. But soon he will start working as the new public relations secretary of the royal couple.
The Duke and Duchess visited the Caribbean in March and during the tour, Prince William said that the people of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas should decide their future relationship with the UK.
The 39-year-old prince explained that he was “dedicated to service” and that he had no intention of telling people in the region what to do.
William, who has Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, with his wife, said at the time: “I know this tour has raised questions about the past and the future even more poignantly.
“In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, it’s the people who decide the future.”
The Duke also spoke of his “deep sadness” over slavery during a speech in Jamaica.
He added: “Despite deep pain, Jamaica continues to build its future with determination, courage and resilience.”