Jay Blades has said he is “in much grief” after beating King Charles III. had touched during a special episode of The repair shop.
While The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit, which also celebrated the BBC’s centenary when it aired in October, repaired the then Prince of Wales’ grandfather clock and a piece made by British ceramics manufacturer Wemyss Ware for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Some have apparently complained that the presenter broke royal protocol by touching the king.
In the one-off broadcast, he greeted the 74-year-old with a cup of Earl Gray tea, presented it in an HRH mug and put his hand on Charles’ arm.
Moments later, Charles returned the gesture by placing a hand on Blade’s back.
blades told The times in a new interview: “Well, there were a lot of royal security guards who said don’t touch the geezer, but they didn’t. He’s only human and he touched me too. So I think everyone should come down.”
Blades also said that after meeting the king in the episode, he thinks he would have been fine growing up on his welfare state in London as he has a “good heart”.
The 52-year-old presenter also said Charles has more “than people know” after the repair team traveled to see him at Dumfries House in Scotland.
The furniture restorer also spoke openly in the interview about his difficult time growing up in Hackney, during which he was put in a police car after stopping and looking for a “kicking” and also stabbed in the arm as a teenager.
The newspaper reported that the king is keen to keep in touch with Blades so that traditional craftsmen can help students in the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Program – a training initiative that teaches traditional skills such as blacksmithing, stonemasonry and woodcarving.
The repair shop returns for a Christmas special on BBC One on Boxing Day at 8pm.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jay-blades-king-charles-repair-shop-b2247159.html Jay Blades says he gets ‘a lot of heartache’ after touching King Charles at The Repair Shop