Jay Blades on relationship with King Charles

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Jay Blades was visited by King Charles III at The Repair Shop earlier this year, before his accession to the throne, after initially turning him down due to his busy schedule. After finally mananging to squeeze the new monarch in, the special episode aired on Wedneday leaving many fans wanting to know more after their meeting.

In a Q&A after the show, Jay, 52, responded to a fan who questioned whether or not he broke royal protocol by touching the then Prince. 

The furniture restorer placed his hand on Charles as he handed him over a cup of tea. 

Addressing the moment on Instagram, he said: “It is against royal protocol but also when you’re from the East End, you have a different type of protocol.

“So, the two protocols came together and he was cool with it and I was cool with it.

“It was kind of like East End meets West End and we came together.

“If you see how I touched him and he touched me, you’ll see it was mutual.”

Throughout the episode, fans also noticed how natural he was with the royal, particularly when they exchanged banter.

Jay revealed that he wasn’t actually nervous to meet the Prince at the time and treated him like normal. 

He explained: “I viewed him as anyone else who walked into the barn.

“It’s not an arrogance, I just feel like everyone is the same.

“He is just a normal person and his love for craft is unbelievable.”

Jay went on to say of their jokes together: “I am a cheeky chappy, but I didn’t show no disrepect to him, it was all banter.”

The BBC star also told fans that there was no script or much preperation for the episode, but just a heads up to be respectful.

He described the monarch as “a funny, down to earth guy” who has “banter”.

On whether they’d meet again, Jay swiftly moved on from the question.

The Repair Shop: A Royal Visit is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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