King Charles’ royal butler sheds light on ‘strange’ and ‘haunted’ Christmas at Sandringham

King Charles and his wife Queen Camilla are preparing to host their annual Christmas gathering at Sandringham House in Norfolk, which has been described as “haunted.”

The likes of Prince William and his family traditionally join the King at the 20,000-acre estate where they attend church services, open presents on Christmas Eve and sit down for an impressive turkey roast. However, former royal butler Grant Harrold discussed the “strange” property in a chat with HELLO! during an etiquette dinner hosted by Press Box PR, including one incident that left him “quite spooked.”

Grant Harrold revealed he thought Sandringham was haunted

Speaking about his time working with the royals, he began: “I very quickly became aware that Sandringham was one of the late Queen’s favourite homes and actually, the King loves Sandringham as well.”

Although it’s a family home, which Grant describes as “amazing” inside, he added: “It’s quite a strange house. It’s almost going back in time when you walk around it. And the fact the family live there, you almost, it feels a bit like a museum.”

Kate Middleton's first Christmas with the royals in 2011© Getty
King Charles traditionally hosts the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham

Recalling one particular visit to the royal property, the butler revealed he woke in the night to a terrifying sight.

“I found it one of the most haunted homes, if you can imagine. I don’t know that I ever saw anything but used to get quite spooked quite easily.

“But the weirdest thing that ever happened. I remember one night waking up in my room and without a word of a lie I could see the silhouette of a man at the end of my bed and he was just staring directly at me and I froze.

“I absolutely froze and I wanted to scream and I couldn’t because

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