Prince Charles’ Former Butler Hid in a Storage Cupboard to Avoid Talking to Him
As one probably can expect, there are a lot of crazy things that go on inside royal palaces, and the people working for the royal family surely have many stories to share.
On a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, former butler Grant Harrold revealed that there was a time when he did not want to talk to Prince Charles and ended up hiding from the prince in a storage cupboard. Read on below to find out the interesting details behind this story.
Why did Prince Charles’ former butler hide from him?
Harrold worked for Prince Charles from 2004 to 2011. Since he was employed for a good seven years, Harrold must have been good at his job. However, Harrold admitted that there was one mistake he made in the early days of his employment.
The first time that he met Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Harrold revealed that he did not know how to behave.
“It was quite nerve-wracking,” Harrold said on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “In fact, I wasn’t sure what the protocol was – what you’re supposed to do, what you’re not supposed to do.”
Harrold said that he “panicked” when he saw the couple at the end of a long corridor, and he decided to go into a room next to him and wait it out until they had left.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t a room. It was a storage cupboard,” Harrold told. “There was actually glass and bottles, so I thought, ‘They’re going to think I’m an alcoholic.’ And I kinda stood there and the next thing I heard was the Prince going, ‘Oh, do you think he’s okay?'”
After Harrold left the cupboard, he greeted the couple and found that they did not think too badly of his bizarre behavior. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles reportedly “carried on and started laughing.”
Another former butler said that Prince Charles had a bad temper
While Harrold seems to have amusing stories from his time working for Prince Charles, another butler had a different memory of the prince.
In 1995, former valet Ken Stronach shared with the press that Prince Charles had a bad temper. Reportedly, while on a vacation in France, Prince Charles dropped his cufflink down a drain, so he “ripped the sink from the wall and smashed it to find the missing stud.”
The prince even grabbed Stronach by the throat, which made the butler so scared that he ran away and tried to hide. Stronach stumbled upon a cupboard and hid in there for half an hour.
How much do royal family servants get paid?
Since servants often work closely with royal family members on both good and bad days, it’s clear that they have to deal with a lot.
However, many people might be surprised to find that the salary is not actually that high. In 2016, a housekeeping job for Buckingham Palace was listed as having just a salary of $22,283. Meanwhile, a butler job in 2017 had a salary of just $25,236.
Of course, a part of the low salary is due to the fact that servants can live in the palaces full time. They are also entitled to benefits as such as 33 vacation days, free meals, and access to recreational facilities in these buildings.
More importantly, though, many people find these jobs appealing because of the opportunities to be close to such important people.
Grant Harrold shared in an interview that during his time working for Prince Charles, he got to attend the prince’s wedding as well as dance with Queen Elizabeth at a ball in Balmoral Castle.
Surely, these are memories that no one would ever forget.