CONFIDENTIAL IN EDEN: Palace wants to prevent Prince Charles’ ex-butler from calling himself a royal butler
When the Queen banned Prince Harry and Meghan from using the term ‘royal’ after quitting official duties, the couple posted an extraordinary statement on their website insisting they still had the right to speak.
However, now Buckingham Palace has made it clear that it means business. I can reveal that courtiers take very unusual action to stop a long-acting butler nicknamed “royal.”
Grant Harrold, 42, who worked for Prince Charles, calls himself the ‘Royal Butler’ and even founded a ‘Royal School of Butlers’ and a ‘Royal School of Etiquette’.
A former Prince Charles butler, Grant Harrold (pictured), has been ordered not to use the word ‘royal’ by Buckingham Palace while attempting to establish a ‘Royal School of Etiquette’
However, the palace has now formally objected to its use of the term. “It’s a real battle between David and Goliath,” one of Harrold’s friends tells me.
“Why on earth wouldn’t he call himself the royal butler? That’s how he was. What will the palace do now? Do pubs prohibit calling themselves the Royal Oak or stop reading that FC calls itself “the Royals”? ‘
However, a royal source tells me that action was needed. “It is important that the royal household protects its brand,” he says. “We could hardly tell the Duke of Sussex that he could not use the term ‘royal’ but allowed a former servant to do so.
The news comes after Queen banned Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (both in the photo) from using the term ‘Sussex Royals’ after the pair relinquished royal duty
The household was willing to let him call himself “the royal butler,” but what happened was that he tried to use the term as a trademark. That was a step too far. ‘
Lord Chamberlain’s office at Buckingham Palace has formally lodged an objection with the Intellectual Property Office, with the assistance of the Queen’s lawyers, Farrer & Co. A video hearing will be held this month.
Harrold told me not to respond. He has appeared regularly on television and has advised on etiquette issues since leaving the Royal Family in 2011 after seven years. In addition to working for Prince Charles, he served members of the Queen’s royal family to the Duchess of Cambridge.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.
As convincing as Earl’s daughter Lady Edith at Downton Abbey, Laura Carmichael is tired of fans for being an aristocrat.
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael is fed up with fans assuming she’s an aristocrat and claims she’s boring middle class
The actress, who describes herself as a “boring middle-class girl from Southampton,” reveals, “Everyone thinks I’m very chic and somehow related to the royal family.”
She has been in Australia to film the new BBC1 thriller The Secrets She Keeps and was even recognized at the gym. “It was quite surreal,” she says.
Field Marshal Montgomery’s insistence on a full English breakfast, wherever he was, would have inspired ‘the full Monty’ expression.
But his granddaughter Arabella Montgomery could feel cut short by her father’s will.
I can reveal that Alamein’s 2nd Viscount Montgomery, who died in January at the age of 91, determined that his son, Henry, would receive twice the amount Arabella had inherited.
That’s a huge difference, as his estate was over £ 6.3 million.
The smart set is talking about … captivating actress Alice Orr-Ewing
Blue-blooded Alice Orr-Ewing, who played opposite Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe’s tragic first wife Caroline in the BBC’s critically acclaimed drama A Very English Scandal, has happy news off the screen.
Alice, 30, has accepted a proposal from fellow actor James Musgrave, 30, who has appeared in hit dramas such as Death In Paradise, Silk and comedy Fresh Meat.
Alice Orr-Ewing (pictured) is engaged to James Musgrave, actor of Fresh Meat and Death in Paradise
“Alice and I are thrilled to be engaged,” says James.
An alumna of £ 38,000 a year at Heathfield School in Ascot, Alice is the granddaughter of Tory minister Lord Orr-Ewing, who was part of a team of three who built the first production television while an apprentice at EMI.
The pandemic appears to have brought the couple together. “After I close my future in-laws, there will be no surprises,” James jokes. “With everything that happened this year, it’s really exciting to have something to look forward to next year.”
(Very) modern ways
Do you need to help someone today from a social distance?
Dame Helen Mirren threw aside health guidelines after wine spilled on another guest’s jacket during an awards ceremony in Italy this week.
The actress, who won an Oscar for her lead role in The Queen, immediately mopped the stain with mineral water and a napkin on the outfit of comedian Aldo Baglio during the Flaiano Awards Gala night in Pescara, eastern Italy.
He declared, “She saved my life!”
This could be lively: the Marquis of Hoofdfort, who memorablely pushed his friend Lord Brocket into a swimming pool at the wedding of the ex-prison sentence in the South of France, tied the knot again.
Christo Headfort is engaged to Chelsea lady Victoria Chapman. Jeremy Clarkson can be invited to the celebrations later this summer – Headfort is co-owner of the Oxfordshire estate in the petrolhead.
The Irish colleague has never eclipsed his late father’s reputation for exuberant behavior. The latter once hung a wine waiter in the Cavalry Club upside down by his ankles because his G&T was late.
He agreed not to get the man back on his feet until he was told “the staff are very hard to find at the moment.”
Cheers! Ellie and Eugenie were first in line to hit the city
Chancellor Rishi Sunak would be proud … Princess Eugenie has contributed to get social life in London back on track.
She and her tequila seller, Jack Brooksbank, joined their friend Ellie Goulding and the other half of the pop star, Caspar Jopling, this week for dinner at a restaurant.
Princess Eugenie joined Ellie Golding (left) and her partner Caspar Jopling (right) at the Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill this week
The Queen’s granddaughter and her friends dined at the trendy Casa Cruz in Notting Hill.
My husband with the maitre’s ear says it’s not clear if they ate the Tuscan £ 1,200 wine or put it in the steak for £ 46.
Eugenie is said to have been a matchmaker for Ellie, who sang at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince Andrew and Fergie’s daughter once worked with the art dealer Caspar’s uncle, Jay Jopling, with New York auctioneers Paddle8.
Eugenie and Jack were among the guests when Ellie and Caspar married Minster in York.
M&S and Joanie end a beautiful relationship
They are two British icons, but Dame Joan Collins and Marks & Spencer have gone their separate ways.
British icon Dame Joan Collins’ makeup range has been dumped by Marks & Spencer, while Dame spokesman blames Brexit
M&S has called in time for Timeless Beauty, the Dynasty star’s makeup range. Interestingly, a spokesman for the avid Brexiteer blames Joanie de Brexit.
The umbrella company that produced the line, Richards & Appleby, has had financial difficulties, in part due to years of uncertainty about Brexit. As a result, it has dissolved many of its associations, including us. Joan hopes that there will be a buyer who has the potential to use his full potential. ‘
Richards & Appleby, however, denies that Brexit was to blame. A spokesperson says it has merged with another company, Prestige, which will continue to manufacture and sell the collection online.
Children are priceless, but Keira Knightley’s maternity leave must have been Britain’s most expensive.
I can reveal that the actress’ fortune dropped by nearly £ 1.6 million after she had her second child.
Keira Knightley’s maternity leave for her second child cost her nearly £ 1.6 million
The 35-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star saw the money at her company KCK Boo drop to just over £ 8.4 million.
The reporting period covers her pregnancy and the birth of daughter Delilah.
Did Cheriegate Conman’s chickens come home to sleep?
While Peter Foster, the ex-con artist behind Blair’s secret real estate deal who has shamed No.10, is writing his bombshell memoir, he’s already getting booked.
I can reveal that an enraged Merseyside mom plans to travel to Foster’s native Australia to confront him about two secrets from his past. Michelle Deakin, 50, first became captivated in the late 1980s when he chose her to develop a new weight loss product he designed.
When 19, she was collected in a Rolls-Royce and transported to the glitzy world of Foster.
But unbeknownst to her, Michelle had just become part of his latest scam. Two years later, she was in the Crown Court Dock and was given a six-month suspended sentence. Foster was long gone.
But Michelle wasn’t alone in listening to the judge’s verdict. She was pregnant with what she now claims to be Foster’s twin daughters. Now she wants to confront him.
“We kept him out of their lives,” says Michelle. I never wanted them to be involved in that lifestyle. They are cheerful, smart and have a good career. “Foster denies being the girls’ father.