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Prince Charles Agrees to Out-of-court Settlement

Nov. 20, 2012

Prince Charles has agreed a secret out-of-court settlement with a Scottish employee who claimed he was bullied and compared to shotgun killer Raoul Moat before being unfairly dismissed.

Grant Harrold, 34, said he was intimidated, threatened and made to feel like a "pariah" by senior colleagues.

The alleged mistreatment reportedly came after he worked for Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, at Highgrove last year.

Following his employment there, he refused to work for them at Clarence House, their London residence, which allegedly led to the bullying. Mr Harrold was later diagnosed with phobic anxiety depersonalisation syndrome, which was said to cause him panic attacks when he spent an extended period of time in a big city.

He claimed he was forced out of his pound(s)24,000-a-year job as under butler to the Prince and Duchess after one unidentified member of the Royal Household allegedly labelled him "too dangerous" to work with Charles and banned him from direct contact with the Royals.

He was also allegedly compared to Moat, who killed his ex- girlfriend's new partner and blinded policeman David Rathband in 2010. When Mr Harrold launched a compensation claim last year, Clarence House said his post had been scrapped and a relocation package offered.

They had planned to rebut his claim but have now settled out of court and expressed "regret" for the distress caused.

Clarence House confirmed Mr Harrold's case was settled "amicably" but did not comment further.

Mr Harrold, from a council estate in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, stressed that he had the highest regard for Charles and Camilla.

He said: "It was the best job anyone could have had. I met the Queen on several occasions and even danced a Reel and Six with her and the Prince of Wales at one of the Ghillies' Balls at Balmoral. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life."

Source: (C) 2012 The Herald. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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