A former royal butler has told of some of the experiences he shared with the royal family while working for the future King Charles III.
While working for Charles’s staff, Grant Harrold noticed a startling response when things were late or went wrong. He also shared what happened when he was still new, and the then prince saw him hiding in a closet in a panic.
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The former royal butler has revealed he once hid from Charles and Camilla in a panic
Former royal butler Grant Harrold told Slingo he worked for Charles for seven years and things didn’t always go to plan. For example, he didn’t know what to do when he met the then prince with future Queen Camilla.
“I remember one time I ran into the Prince and Duchess in Scotland, I was pretty new at the time, and I didn’t know the protocol when you see them… so I freaked out …”, he revealed. “I ended up diving into a closet.”
“They saw me come into the closet and stood outside, [and] eventually they asked me if I was going out,” he continued. The royal couple saw him leave his hiding place, but claimed it was just a mistake.
“They laughed it off and had a good laugh about it,” he shared, “but it showed me how relaxed it was…”
He came away from the “really enjoyable” experience with a new understanding of the royal family.
The former royal butler said ‘it wasn’t really a problem’ when things got out of hand while working for King Charles III
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While Harrold worked for the Royal Family, he “never, ever had a crossword” from them. “They were amazing,” he said.
Of course, not every day was perfect. And he acknowledged that even a well-run institution like the royal family could face misfires. “Things go wrong, [and] things can be late,” he said (per Slingo).
“If something was late or there was a delay it would affect their schedules, they would always plan what they were doing so it could ruin their whole day,” he explained. “You always stay the course, so it doesn’t happen…”
“But if so, that wasn’t really a problem,” he concluded, adding, “I don’t remember messing anything up badly…”
The former royal butler has revealed the most challenging and rewarding aspects of working for King Charles III
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Like most others, Harrold said his job as a royal butler had its pros and cons. And he said what he loved most about being on staff was being around the royal family.
“If the line of succession happens and Charles and William become kings, there aren’t many people who can say they looked after three monarchs,” Harrold shared with Slingo. “I’m very proud to have done this, to have taken care of them and to have known them.”
As for what he found most difficult, it was the nerves. He said, “Can you imagine? I was 25 when I met [Charles] and 26 when I first met [Queen Elizabeth II] …”
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