King Charles III went viral on the day he officially ascended the throne because of furious gestures he made toward his aides.
“King Charles III struggled to find enough room on his desk during his proclamation ceremony at St James’s Palace. Britain’s new monarch needed someone to take a tray of pens away before he could resume signing his documents,” The Guardian reported.
However, the way in which he signaled for his aides to remove the offending items piqued the public’s attention.
Royalty summed up in one short video clip. Peasant clear my desk.
— Jim Brennan (@camdentownjim) September 10, 2022
The angry chimpanzee gestures by His Majesty King Charles have been translated by Jane Goodall:
“Why the heck did you leave the little plastic tray on the table. Remove it now! Or do you expect me to move it to the other side of the table? You idiot.” 🦧pic.twitter.com/DWs6hyLPQc
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 11, 2022
As demonstrated by the tweets above, many critics interpreted Charles’ behavior as proof that he and other members of the Royal Family mistreat their underlings.
Moreover, this belief wasn’t partisan, in that it appears Trump-supporting conservatives were just as inclined to think this way:
More of a child than a man. King Charles III
I hope I am wrong.
My sincere apologies United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/xIyouJNVZj
— .🇺🇸 SGTValadez MAGA 🇺🇸 (@SGTValadez) September 11, 2022
But is this narrative correct?
For starter’s, Buckingham Palace employees are not “servants,” per se, but rather paid staff who’re employed just like any other worker. But there are some differences.
One difference is the nature of their tasks. In 2016, for instance, then-Queen Elizabeth II posted ads for “a staff member to polish her historic vases, a palace attendant, an engineer, a butler and a few footmen,” as reported by Forbes.
Another difference is the required discretion.
“Just bear in mind: ‘servants’ of all levels are those who make things happen in a royal household and the best of them are neither seen nor heard,” according to Forbes.
“Discretion is paramount, especially because scandal usually follows when royal servants decide to ‘spill the beans’ – hence the requirement that every new hire sign a document binding him or her to secrecy.”
It was great honour to be Her Majesty The Queen’s civil servant once.
Working for HM Government, an allied country, alongside HM Ambassador, I learned enough to then go and serve my own country.
My condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. 🇬🇧🇨🇿 pic.twitter.com/SkNYJQjNVV
— Lenka Do (@lenkadothi) September 11, 2022
Perhaps the most notable difference is that being a Buckingham Palace employee means living on the jobsite.
“That means you actually eat and sleep, full-time, at Buckingham Palace. You know, the sprawling London abode where Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal crew are known to hang out regularly,” according to Forbes.
That does admittedly sound a little rough. But according to reports, Queen Elizabeth II had been very welcoming with new employees.
Take the words of Steven Kaye. He worked for the Royal Family for 3.5 years, and afterward he had nothing but positive things to say when interviewed by the South African news site 2oceansvibe.
“She said welcome to the Royal household, I’m looking forward to seeing you next week, and she had obviously been briefed about my mother, who is a machinist for a company based in Long Eaton where I’m from,” he said, describing his first encounter every with the then-queen.
“They have the Royal warrant of appointment for providing soft furniture to the Royal household, and the queen spoke about how she knew my mother was working for a Royal warranted company. She’s obviously briefed to make you feel at ease and like she knows something about you. It was really lovely.”
— 2oceansvibe News – South African online news (@2oceansvibe) September 5, 2022
He added that she’s also understanding of mistakes, so long as they’re quickly corrected.
“With any job where there has to be perfection, there’s always going to be a lot of mistakes. But, as long as you correct those mistakes quickly, I don’t think the Queen really minds. She doesn’t like sloppiness, so given that it’s an accident and not deliberate, she’s usually OK,” he said.
What about King Charles III? How does he treat his staff? According to the Daily Express, he’s admittedly a bit uptight.
“Prince Charles’ butler must make and serve his tea in a very special way,” the Daily Express reported in 2020, citing the words of Charles’ butler, Evan Samson.
“The water must be heated to 70C for green tea and 100C for Earl Grey or English breakfast tea. The temperature of the water must be measured with a thermometer,” Samson said.
Is it really THAT serious? Oh, but it is …
“There are different rules for making green and black tea — while green tea should be brewed for three minutes, black tea must be left for five. A perfect royal brew should use organic honey instead of sugar which is added to the teacup before the tea is poured in,” he continued.
“There are specific details about how the teacup should be positioned — the handle of the teacup must be placed to the right, with the teaspoon under the handle.”
No wonder he got so upset about his cluttered desk …
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