Jay Blades said that after getting to know the King on an episode of The Repair Shop, he thought he would be fine growing up on his council estate in London, as he had a “kind heart”.
The 52-year-old presenter also said there was more about Charles “than people know” after the repair team went to see the then-Prince of Wales, at Dumfries House in Scotland.
In The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit, also the BBC 100th anniversary event that airs in October, the King’s frame clock and an item made for Queen Victoria’s diamond celebration by the manufacturer British ceramic manufacturer Wemyss Ware have all been repaired.
The furniture restorer spoke openly to The Times on Saturday about the difficult time growing up in Hackney, which saw him put in a police car after being stopped and found. earned a “rock”, and was also stabbed in the arm as a teenager.
Blades said the King “will be fine” on his council estate as “he has a good heart”, which he says is all you need, along with “a willingness to make a positive change”.
He added: “The king had guards, but I think that old man deserves support (credit). There’s more to him than people know.”
Blades also said he is receiving “a lot of grief” from people who say he broke royal etiquette by touching the King.
In the one-off special, he greeted the 74-year-old King with a cup of Earl Gray tea, served it in an HRH mug, and placed his hand on Charles’ arm.
Moments later, the King responded to the gesture by placing his hand on Blades’ back.
Blades added: “Well, there was a lot of royal security there to say don’t touch the old man, but they didn’t. He’s just a human and he’s touched me too. So I think people should cut back.
According to the newspaper, the King is also said to want to stay in touch with the Blades so that heritage craftsmen can help students from the Prince’s Foundation Building Crafts Program – a training initiative teaches traditional skills such as blacksmithing, stone making, and wood carving.
Blades also said in the interview that “you have to make yourself a little bit smaller” as a 6ft 3 inch black man and that he dresses like he is from the 1930s because that reason.
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He also said: “If I met the King in a hoodie and baggy pants, what impression would Trung Anh have of me?
“My clothes are saying, ‘Can you get over the barrier about me being black?’”
The repair shop returns with a Christmas special on BBC1 on Gift Day at 8pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/jay-blades-says-the-king-would-have-been-fine-growing-up-on-his-council-estate-42226679.html Jay Blades says the King will grow up well in his council estate