Jay Blades says King Charles invited him for a ‘sleepover’

Speaking with Loose Women panellists Linda Robson, Jane Moore, Denise Welch and host Brenda Edwards, on Monday’s episode, Jay explained that prior to meeting on the set of The Repair Shop, “I had no opinion on him, but went to meet him and we just hit it off and spoke about craft.”

The episode – which was a one-off to mark the BBC’s centenary last year – was originally filmed between autumn 2021 and spring 2022, when King Charles was still the Prince of Wales.

“The funny thing is I was supposed to go up there because I am an ambassador for his charity and he had invited me three times to go up there, have a look around, spend the night and have a sleepover at the then Prince’s house,” Jay told Loose Women viewers.

“I went there on the fourth attempt after turning him down three times and I said to the Mrs I said I best go, or I’ll get kicked out of the country.”

For the special episode, Jay and The Repair Shop team visited Dumfries House in Scotland, which is part of The Prince’s Foundation, to help restore two special items back to their original glory: an 18th-century bracket clock and a piece of Wemyss Ware ceramic made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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With Charles joking that the piece of damaged ceramic had fallen over when someone opened a window.

“They didn’t own up,” he quipped.

These precious items were taken back to The Repair Shop HQ to be fixed, while a graduate from the Dumfries House building craft programme, joined the team at the barn to help with a third repair: a fire set in the shape of a soldier that visitor Nicola brought in.

Before the final results were revealed, Charles asked the crew if they had “sorted this?” as the suspense was really getting to him.

Jay previously described the King as “a real joy” to meet, when speaking to The Mirror.

“People often say never judge a book by its cover so you never listen to what people say until you’ve met the real person yourself,” he said.

“It was a real joy and an honour to be working with him, wait until you see it, you’re going to be amazed. You never see him like this.”

If you missed the episode when it originally aired in October of 2022, you can catch up with it over on the BBC iPlayer.

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