Kate Middleton hires ‘ball breaker’ to be right-hand woman in Palace shake-up

Kate Middleton has overseen a Palace insider shake-up, hiring a "ball breaker" to be her right-hand woman during her time in the public eye.

The Princess of Wales has hired the "straight-talking" no-nonsense brand management expert Alison Corfield as a way of monitoring her public persona.

It comes as the Duchess of Cambridge looks to "shake things up" at Kensington Palace, bringing in a new senior aide, with the former air stewardess set to start later this month.

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Alison, 51, was best known for spearheading the Jamie Oliver childhood obesity campaign, which saw junk food in schools somewhat reduced, The Mirror reported.

The 51-year-old replaces the former senior aide to Kate, private secretary and Foreign and Commonwealth Office diplomat Hannah Cockburn-Logie, who stepped down last autumn.

A source who previously worked for Ms Corfield said: "She's a ball-breaker, a real straight-talker, very passionate, dynamic and genuinely funny. She makes things happen and will really push things forward at the Palace."

The new appointment for Kate comes just a week after her recent Shaping Up campaign launched, an attempt at profiling her "life's work" so far.

A royal source speaking to The Sunday Times noted the appointment was an "unusual fit" and that it was "a bit out there".

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They said: "Alison is an unusual fit. She is a bit out there for Kensington Palace, but there is a move to recruit more modernisers and people with private sector experience, not just civil servants.

"She will run rings around the courtiers and shake things up a bit."

It comes just a week after Daily Star reported Kate being credited with the power to "genuinely change millions of lives", according to a royal expert.

Her "forward-thinking" was praised by the expert, who believes Kate's work would be "crucial" not just for the Royal Family but the wider public.

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