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Prince Charles’ Scots butler compared to Raoul Moat settles out of court amid unfair dismissal claim

Prince Charles: Out of court settlement. Picture: Getty

Prince Charles: Out of court settlement. Picture: Getty

PRINCE Charles has agreed a secret out-of-court settlement with a Scottish servant who claimed he was bullied and compared to shotgun killer Raoul Moat before being unfairly dismissed.

• Former butler to Prince Charles settles out of court with ex-employer after bullying claims

• Grant Harrold settled ‘amicably’ with Clarence House despite being compared to killer Raoul Moat

Grant Harrold said he was intimidated, threatened and made to feel like a “pariah” by senior colleagues.

The alleged mistreatment reportedly came after he had worked for Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, at Highgrove, their country estate, last year.

Following his employment there, he refused to work for them at Clarence House, their London residence, which allegedly led to the bullying.

The 34-year-old was later diagnosed with phobic anxiety depersonalisation syndrome, which was said to cause him panic attacks when he spent an extended period of time in a big city.

He claimed he was forced out of his £24,000-a-year job as under butler to the Prince and Duchess after one unidentified member of the Royal Household allegedly labelled him “too dangerous” to work with Charles and banned him from direct contact with the Royals.

He was also allegedly compared to Moat, who attacked his ex-girlfriend, murdered her new partner and blinded policeman David Rathband in 2010.

When Mr Harrold launched a compensation claim last year, Clarence House said his post had been scrapped and that a relocation package had been offered to him and rejected.

They had planned to rebut his claim but they have now settled out of court and expressed their “regret” for the distress caused.

Clarence House confirmed that Mr Harrold’s case was settled “amicably” but did not comment further.

Mr Harrold, from a council estate in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, stressed that he had the highest regard for Charles and Camilla personally.

He said: ‘When you are a butler you are working with your employer in a very intimate capacity, so they have to be able to trust you.

“It was the best job anyone could have had. I met the Queen on several occasions and even danced a Reel and Six with her and the Prince of Wales at one of the Ghillies Balls at Balmoral.

“It was one of the most amazing moments of my life.

“It was also at Balmoral that I almost ran over one of the Queen’s corgis when I was invited out to ride on the estate. Her Majesty was standing there, in her headscarf, and fortunately just smiled at me.’”

Mr Harrold said the demand for his services since leaving the prince’s employ had been overwhelming.

“The most popular service is teaching people dining etiquette, hosting dinner parties and afternoon teas and the like. Even in this day and age there is huge demand for it.”

 
 
 

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