David and Victoria Beckham have hired a former Buckingham Palace worker as their new housekeeper.

The superstar couple have recruited the male from the British royal household to help with the general running of their £40 million home and it is said the fashion designer is ''delighted'' to have him on board.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''They needed a new housekeeper and, hands down, he was the best applicant.

''His CV was pretty impressive and, obviously, having a former Buckingham Palace member of staff is quite a boon.

''Victoria is delighted, and he is fitting in really well with the family.''

According to reports, David and Victoria have also given the former footman's salary a significant boost from his previous £15,000 paycheque.

As well as general tidying, cleaning, ironing and dusting, it is said the new employee will also lend a hand with walking and grooming the dogs.

Meanwhile, Victoria recently revealed she and her husband still ''tease each other'' and love to have a laugh.

She said: ''David and I tease each other a lot. Yes, you have to take yourself seriously professionally, but we also poke fun at each other.''