Former staffer on exercise millions of people do that royals find ‘hysterical’

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Members of the Royal Family found an everyday activity “hysterical”, a former butler has claimed.

Grant Harrold, who worked for the new Monarch for seven years, has been reflecting on his memories of days spent with members of the Firm at the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeen.

On Monday, King Charles arrived at the estate, continuing a long-standing royal tradition of spending some of the summer at the royal haven where he will be joined by friends, family, and special guests, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Mr Harrold, who is now a leading etiquette expert, would often spend time with the royals at Balmoral where they would enjoy country sports like fishing, shooting, walking, horse riding and pony trekking.

But when he was seen by some of the Royal Family engaging in a typical sport many people enjoy, he said they broke out laughing.

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Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Mr Harrold said: “I also used to go running, and we used to bump into some royals who were out walking and they found it hysterical to see me running.

“So it was great fun being up there, lots of wonderful memories.”

That’s not the only time Mr Harrold made a royal break out in hysterics.

When eating with the now 74-year-old King, Mr Harrold fell into some cow patt and Charles — although he was a little worried about him — could not contain himself.

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He continued: “I think one of the funniest memories I have is the time when I was having a picnic with him I fell in some cow muck, which I think he found quite amusing. I think he was a bit worried about me actually, if I was ok, but he found it quite funny.”

Sports aside, the royals enjoy a variety of activities when at Balmoral, such as the likes of the Ghillies Ball, typically held at the end of the Royal Family’s time at the Scottish Estate where the staff and royals both let their hair down.

Mr Harrold said he has “many great memories” at Balmoral, including dancing with both Charles and Queen Camilla on the 50,000-acre estate.

He continued: “I also have many great memories of being at Balmoral with them. I danced with the new Queen Camilla at Balmoral, and I even danced with the King within this group at Balmoral.

“So I can say that I have danced with the now King and Queen in the Scottish royal residence. I have also got memories of driving on the estate with King Charles and having picnics with him there.”

Mr Harrold was part of the household when William and Kate were a young couple, following their meeting aged 19 at the University of St Andrews, and also attended the late Queen and Prince Phillip’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

The former butler, who is from Airdrie in Scotland, worked at Highgrove from 2005 until 2011.

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