The former SAS officer will become the Princes new secretary in May, as they begin to take on more public duties
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Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has experience working with youngsters as he runs a company which offers ´survival´ training courses for gap-year students
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4 MARCH 2005

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Princes William and Harry are set to get a new private secretary. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former equerry to the Queen Mother, has been given the job of helping steer the young Princes as they take on more public duties.

The part-time appointment comes at a particularly important time for William who graduates from St Andrews University this June and is expected to step into a more public role. Mr Lowther-Pinkerton will also be able to provide support and guidance for Harry who will be following in his footsteps when he attends Sandhurst this May.

The Princes' first official paid minder is also expected to act as an advisor to the boys, aiding them in choosing what engagements to take on, and what charitable work to get involved in as they get older and take on more official duties.

In the course of his military career the 44-year-old father of three has worked in many of the world's most dangerous trouble spots. He has participated in several conflicts, including the first Gulf War.

As the director and co-founder of a safety awareness training company, the former SAS man and MBE holder is no stranger to offering support and guidance to young people. He has run courses teaching gap year students how to survive the perils of foreign travel for several years.

Mr Lowther-Pinkerton was also the man actor Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman turned to for survival training prior to embarking on their three-month motorbike ride from London to New York last year.