How Kate Middleton was 'different' to other royals when she met Prince William

A former royal butler says Kate Middleton was 'different' when she and William began dating

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A former royal butler has shared how Kate Middleton 'wasn't like' other royals when she first met Prince William, giving a sweet insight into her personality. 

Grant Harrold, who was King Charles III's butler for seven years after beginning the job in 2005, has shared sweet details of what Kate Middleton was like when she first entered the royal fold. 

"What I liked was that Kate, being a girlfriend and obviously not a member of the family, would be with me and the other staff and she was so polite, friendly, and fun and making jokes," he told The Mirror. 

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Describing young Kate and William as "just like any other boyfriend and girlfriend", Grant recalled happy memories of spending downtime with the future King and Queen Consort

 "[They weren't] any different to anyone else, it’s mad saying that when you think about who they are, but there wasn’t anything different.

"It was always fun and it was always nice that I got on so well with them because they’d then ask me to travel the country with them," the ex royal aide added. 

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Detailing his intimate bond with the world famous couple, Grant continued, "When my phone used to go off and it was William, all my friends would be like that’s so cool, but to me it was normal. That was the relationship I had with them.

"There’s very few people that the royals actually get to know, so you do feel lucky that you were trusted with that."

Caitlin Elliott
Junior News Editor

Caitlin is a Junior News Editor for, covering all things royal, celeb, lifestyle, food, and family. Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).