Will and Kate's Controversial Assistant Ad

Elise Sole

The Sunday Express, a UK newspaper, claims to have gotten their hands on a royal job posting for the role of super servant to the duke and duchess and the job description has some people raising their eyebrows at the amount of work required. Meanwhile, we're wondering if the job post is even real.

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Here are bits and pieces of the assistant's job description that we've seen on ABC News and The Daily Beast, among others: Polish silverware and glassware, ensure all areas of the residence are cleaned and maintained to a high standard at all times, prepare basic meals, do laundry, drive when needed, and walk the dogs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, with possible overtime.

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Despite the fact that the job requires fulfilling 42.5 hours per week (give or take a lunch break) which is the accepted minimum to qualify as a full-time job, according to The Sunday Express an anonymous "insider" says: "It is unheard of for one person to be asked to perform so many duties….Clearly the Duke and Duchess are going to get their money's worth out of whoever gets the job...The advert states that they’ll be required to work extra hours and you can bet your life they will."

But is the job description really so shocking? Let's compare to these wild stories from ex-Hollywood help.

—Courtney Love's assistant Jessica Labrie sued her for wrongful termination, wage and breach of contract, and emotional distress at the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 10, 2012, after the rocker reneged on her promise to provide Labrie a full scholarship to Yale, $30 per-hour salary, and forced her to work more than 60 hours per week, among other allegations.

—On December 14, 2011, Lady Gaga's ex-assistant Jennifer O'Neill claimed in a suit filed at the Southern District of New York that the "Monster" singer made her work 24 hours a day often with no time for meals, breaks, or sleep and  "serve as a personal alarm clock." Gaga's rep told E! Online that the lawsuit was "completely without merit."

—Tommy Lee's ex assistant Michael Anthony Sullivan sued the Motley Crue drummer in 2011 for having to be on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week, without any breaks. The lawsuit which was filed at the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles also claimed that Lee made Sullivan move into his home so his needs could be better attended to, then docked Sullivan's pay by $1,000 per month for rent, even after Sullivan had moved out. 

—Don't mess up her makeup! In October 2012, 8 Mile actress Taryn Manning allegedly punched and kicked her makeup artist Holly Hartman at the Dream Downtown Hotel in New York City, landing herself in at Manhattan Criminal Court. Hartman ended up dropping the charges and Manning's lawyer Joe Tacopina told TMZ that Hartman "wants this whole thing to just go away."

—In November 2012, Lindsay Lohan was caught on camera kicking her assistant Gavin Doyle out of her SUV after leaving the police station after allegedly assaulting a professional psychic in a New York City club. The clip was published on YouTube and Lohan can be heard screaming, "Get of the car....NOW!"

Well, then. A little light laundry and dog walking at the Palace doesn't sound so bad, does it?

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