Chief of Staff to Princess Diana | New York Times bestselling author | Founding Partner at JephsonBeaman


Patrick Jephson is a consultant, journalist, broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author, based in Washington DC. His byline has appeared in every major UK newspaper and international titles as varied as Time Magazine, People, The Spectator, Paris Match, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the National Catholic Reporter. He is a published authority on corporate and personal branding, addressing conferences worldwide as well as events at the US State Department, the American University and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He also writes, presents and advises on factual and drama programs, appearing on every major US network as well as international platforms. He is currently a technical consultant to the award-winning Netflix series The Crown. 

He is a founding partner in JephsonBeaman, a boutique communications consultancy specialising in international high-profile, sensitive and UHNW services. With more than 25 years’ experience in the government, luxury and family office sectors, Patrick’s portfolio has included globally-admired brands as well as national agencies and NGOs. He has also worked on reputation and legacy briefs with European, Middle Eastern and Asian families, including royalty.   

Patrick owes much of his practical administrative and communications experience to Princess Diana, who chose him to be her equerry and only private secretary/chief of staff. He served the Princess for eight years (1988-96), responsible for every aspect of her public life, worldwide humanitarian initiatives and private organisation. Under relentless media scrutiny, his tenure covered the period of Princess Diana’s greatest popularity as well as the constitutional controversy of her separation from Prince Charles.   

Patrick was born and raised in Ireland and holds a master’s degree in political science from Cambridge University. As an officer in the British Royal Navy he served all over the world before being selected for royal duty. In March 2015 he became a naturalised citizen of the United States.

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