'Bonded!' BBC show host defends discarding royal protocol in appearance with King Charles

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Charles was left “thrilled” by the work done on the show to an eighteenth-century clock and a piece of Wemyss Ware which was made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The then Prince of Wales remarked that the restorations “show what love, care, and attention does”.

Now ‘The Repair Shop’ host Jay Blades has been forced to respond to backlash over whether he “broke royal protocol” during the filming of the episode last year.

The presenter and restorer felt he had a “bond” with Charles and viewers noted how friendly he was with the royal as he touched his arm while laughing together.

The 52-year-old presenter featured on Good Morning Britain the morning after the episode aired to address the comments.

ITV host Charlotte Hawkins asked Jay about the comments from viewers about the breach of protocol.

The restorer replied: “I was touching him and he was returning the touch as well, so the royal protocol is by the person who is a royal.

“If he didn’t want me to touch him, he would have said or someone would have told me, and he would have done that.”

He continued: “But I think the way that we have this mutual interest in heritage craft, that’s what bonded us together.”

The episode saw the experts restore the chimes to a bracket clock from the eighteenth-century, which is part of a collection at The Prince’s Foundation’s Dumfries House headquarters.

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“Having seen what it was like I can’t thank you enough, it really is wonderful. It will look really special back in Dumfries House.”

In a joke of his own to the presenters, showing their closeness, Charles looked at his watch to compare the time to the clock’s tick-tock, saying: “Sorry, just checking.”

As it chimed, His Royal Highness said: “You see, such a good sound. That’s it, just trying to work out what the tune is.”

The royal previously stated in the episode that he loves the chime of a clock as he finds it “rather reassuring in a funny way and they become really special parts of the house…the beating heart of it”.



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