Kate Middleton ‘made jokes with members of the royal household’ when she first started dating Prince William, claims King Charles’ former butler, who says the Prince and Princess of Wales were ‘just like any other couple’
- Former royal butler said Princess of Wales would ‘tell jokes with staff’
- The mirror reported that Grant Harrold liked Kate as she was ‘funny and kind’
- He was butler to King Charles III for seven years when he was younger
The Princess of Wales ‘wasn’t like other members of the royal family’, a former butler has claimed.
Grant Harrold, 44, who worked for King Charles III for seven years, said Kate Middleton would ‘joke and chat with staff in the royal household’.
The mirror reported that he said: ‘What I liked was that Kate, as a girlfriend and obviously not a member of the family, would be with me and the other staff and she was so polite and kind and funny and made jokes.’
The Princess of Wales (pictured with her husband in Olympic Park during a royal visit last week) ‘wasn’t like other members of the royal family’ according to former royal butler Grant Harrold
Grant Harrold said university sweethearts Kate and William (pictured at St Andrews in 2011) were just like any other lovers
The butler, who prior to his position on the royal estate was a staunch fan of the royals – and even once wrote to the Queen – experienced many intimate moments in the family up close.
Grant was part of the household when William and Kate were a young couple, having just left St Andrews University, where they met at the age of 19. During this time, he said the pair were just like any other couple.
He also attended the late Queen and Prince Phillip’s 60th wedding anniversary back in 2007.
Following the Queen’s passing last month, Grant spoke to Australian radio hosts Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli on Nova 96.9 on Friday as the world mourned the monarch’s passing.
Grant Harrold, 44, worked as King Charles’ butler for seven years and witnessed many intimate moments between members of the royal family
Sir. Harrold, who is originally from Airdrie, Scotland and worked at Highgrove between 2005 and 2011, said he was ‘in shock’ when he opened up about ‘the other side’ of Her Majesty – who he affectionately called ‘Mrs Windsor’ .
He explained that when he was young, he asked his father how to dance with the Queen after watching a documentary about the royal family.
“He said “either you marry into the family or you work for them. And I seriously thought “who could I marry?”.
‘And realized that obviously maybe it wasn’t a smart move. But then I wrote to the Queen, I wrote two letters to her. I even sent a picture so she knew what I look like and basically said one day I’m coming to work for you.
‘And apparently it didn’t quite happen that way because I went to be her son’s butler.’
Eleven years to the day after watching the documentary, Mr Harrold found himself in the ballroom at Balmoral with the then Duchess of Cornwall.
“We were dancing and the Duchess said, “oh, Grant, you look quite nervous. You look quite scared”.
“And I said, “It’s because of the dream I had when I was young. I said I think I’m going to dance with the queen tonight,” and she said, “there’s 150 people in this room. It is highly unlikely that the Queen would dance with you”.
‘At what time we had finished dancing, the Duchess might have made this sound as if I were standing on her feet.
‘And I looked down and I hadn’t. I turned and saw the queen.
‘She raised her hands to dance and then we’re in Rio.’.
The royal butler added that it was an “amazing” experience.