Grant Harrold, aka The Royal Butler, is regarded as a leading UK etiquette expert, Royal commentator, British entertainer, and broadcaster. He also works with and advises royalty and their households across the globe.
Previously, Grant was a member of the Royal household of the then-Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles from 2004-2011. Based at Highgrove, their country house in The Cotswolds, his duties included butlering for the now King Charles III and Queen Camilla, The Duke and Dutchess of Cornwall and The Duke of Sussex. On occasions, he also had the honour to butler for the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
According to Grant Harrold’s parents, he resolved from a young age to, one day, either work for the royal family or marry into it. But since Airdrie, the small Scottish town near Glasgow where he was born, was a good few hours from Balmoral – meaning little chance of bumping into a romantic interest around the royal holiday home – it was the first route that he chose.
His first employers were Urs Schwarzenbach and Major Christopher Hanbury on the Ben Alder estate, where he began working in private service during 1997. Prior to serving the Royal household, Grant Harrold was butler to The Duke and Duchess of Bedford at Woburn Abbey. Whilst working at the Abbey with the Duke's parents, the Marquess and Marchioness of Tavistock, the fresh-faced young Harrold appeared as the butler in the BBC 2 TV series Country House, for two years.
Grant Harrold has worked alongside many other Royals, VIPs and celebrities over the past 23 years, many of whom are now his clients. He is an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association and a Patron of Pets in Spain.
Grant Harrold’s character, The Royal Butler, has been described in the media as “defender of etiquette” and “Britain's official etiquette expert”. For the last eight years, he has personally been learning and developing his passion for etiquette, which he shares in his courses at The Royal School of Etiquette and The Royal School of Butlers.
As a popular host, TV personality, speaker and Royal commentator, you can often find Grant commenting in the media on important Royal matters as well as guiding his social media followers to raise their game.
From learning how to peel a banana to the correct way to eat a Pot Noodle, Grant's sense of fun and his ability to switch from etiquette expert to media personality make him a highly sought-after influencer, guest speaker and teacher for those from all walks of life.
In 2014, Harrold's company, alongside Blenheim Palace founded The Royal School of Butlers.