Prince William's former private secretary Simon Case 'to take over as head of civil service'

A former private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge is set to become the new head of the UK civil service, reports say.

Simon Case, who was made permanent secretary at Downing Street earlier this year after working closely with Prince William, is expected to be announced as Cabinet Secretary in the coming days.

According to the Financial Times, Mr Case – a previous private secretary to Prince William – will be revealed as the UK's new civil service chief on September 1.

Mr Case spent almost two years working as the Duke of Cambridge's right-hand man.

He temporarily moved his work to Number 10 as a permanent secretary earlier this year to help assist the government's coronavirus response.

The aide's expected promotion comes after Sir Mark Sedwill, who currently holds the post, announced he would step down.

Sedwill resigned amid widespread reports of alleged clashes with Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's chief adviser.

Government sources declined to comment on the reports.

But it did confirm it would make an "official announcement" on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office said: "An official announcement on the new Cabinet Secretary will be made on Tuesday 1 September."


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