9th September 1942

Joanna told me today that her mother knows the Marquis of Anglesey, who is very friendly with the Royal Family, especially the late Duke of Kent.  Apparently the local Ministry of Labour at Anglesey do everything they can to prevent the Marquis from keeping any maids in his vast house.  Fairly recently he protested against the removal of further domestic staff as he was shortly expecting the Duke and Duchess to stay.  The Labour Exchange replied that they could do nothing to help him, doubtless the Duke had his own servants, but that was nothing to do with them.  As far as the Marquis was concerned, he could do without.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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