Princess Diana’s bodyguard said that working for the royal family is both demanding and rewarding.

Ken Wharfe was the late Princess of Wales’ protection officer. According to him, serving Princess Diana and the rest of the members of the Firm was challenging.

“Work is demanding but rewards are high. The lure of rent-free accommodation for household employees, both during employment and on retirement, is reason enough not to fail,” Wharfe said.

However, according to him, once you get the hang of it, the work is “mundane and repetitive.” He added that serving the royas is not a typical nine-to-five job because there were a lot of rules including not vacuuming before 10 a.m. so as not to wake up the sleeping royals.

“There is a vast difference in the daily routine of a bodyguard and a ‘staffer’ of the royal household. As such, the daily routine of a bodyguard is carried often with considerable travel necessitating liaison with multi agencies within the UK and abroad. Boredom is not an option,” he added.

In New Idea Royals podcast, Angela Mollard shared more of what Wharfe said about working for the royals. According to her, Wharfe said that the job requires one to spend a lot of time away from home.

“If you want to travel with your family, [working for the royals] makes it difficult because you have to be around a lot,” Mollard said.

“Of course, they get paid holidays but it’s a very unique position, you have to be on all a lot. Some people would love it, some people would hate it and that’s the point that [Ken] makes.”

In related news, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have both offended their staff due to their work ethics. Markle reportedly wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning and texts her team members about the things that they need to do, which wasn’t the protocol in the royal household.

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly very hands-on that it didn’t sit too well with the staff. Both Markle and Middleton have lost a number of staff in the past.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music on Feb. 28, 1982.  Getty Images/Hulton Archive