Prince William and Kate’s top aide gets a gong in New Year Honours list

Prince William and Kate Middleton have awarded one of their top aides a medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Tifare Alexander has worked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for more than eight years, and is currently their travel and logistics officer.

The Fijian ex-paratrooper was earlier described by one royal insider as "a lovely guy — like all Army, a superb can-do attitude and great sense of humour”, The Sun reported.

Tifare, known as Tif, does chauffeuring when required and jobs around their accommodation.

He has been made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO), it was today confirmed.

Awards under the RVO are in the Queen’s gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the Royal Family in a personal way.

Tifare is part of the Cambridges’ small household, which includes their nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

In the past, he has been photographed driving Kate to official events and been spotted working in the background.

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Also recognised is Scott Furssedonn-Wood, deputy private secretary to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who has alsobeen made a Member of the RVO.

Mr Furssedonn-Wood is a career diplomat who was British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, India, from 2013 to 2016.

He has accompanied Charles and Camilla on many of their official overseas tours and in November was part of the couple’s entourage when they visited Germany.

Earlier this week, William and Kate thanked the UK’s frontline heroes as they shared aChristmasDay message.

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They are spending the festive season at their country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The royal couple wrote on Twitter: "This Christmas our thoughts are with those of you who are spending today alone, those of you who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and those of you on the frontline who are still mustering the energy to put your own lives on hold to look after the rest of us.

"Wishing a merry Christmas doesn’t feel right this year, so instead we’re wishing for a better 2021."

They also shared a list of charities which can provide support for "those struggling today", including Mind, the Samaritans and NHS Charities.

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