Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen infuriated Prince Philip with flooring: ‘He hated it’

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Another instalment of Changing Rooms will air tonight at 20:00 on Channel 4, and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen and co hope to liven up guests’ homes. Tonight, Teresa and Andrew from Cardiff are desperate to turn their uninspiring front room into a snug space, while three doors down, Maria and Nick want a multifunctional family space of their dreams. Laurence has made a name for himself as a self-styled “homestyle consultant” and television personality.

But even his best efforts were not enough to impress Prince Philip, who said he “hated” flooring design in Buckingham Palace, the TV star revealed.

On Prince Philip, he said: “I did some flooring [at Buckingham Palace], years and years ago, before I was famous and Prince Philip hated it.”

He said that Prince Philip told him he disliked the floors at a design consultation.

Laurence continued: “So I just say, ‘you probably don’t know this, but years ago, I designed these floors.’ And he looked down and went ‘hmm, never liked them.’ That sort of killed the conversation, really.”

During his interview with the Telegraph in 2019, he also shared some other stories involving other royals.

He added that he bumped into Prince Harry regularly, and his daughters went to the same school – Marlborough – as Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Laurence also claimed The Queen “fancies me furiously”.

He also claimed that his neighbours, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, always borrow gin from him.

Laurence once purchased a manor house in Gloucestershire, which was previously owned by the Prince of Wales.

He has also been vocal on the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, claiming he wouldn’t want to work with her.

Appearing on Loose Women, he was asked why he said Meghan’s dress sense was “dull” – but rather than explain his comments, he insulted Meghan again.

Llewellyn-Bowen said: “Now I would like to spring to my own defence.

“I was trying to break it to everyone gently that I don’t want to [design] Frogmore Cottage.

“She’s a lovely lady, but I don’t want to. “I think she has a strong sense of her own style – but it’s a bit beige for me.”

It had been revealed prior to this interview that Prince Harry and Meghan had chosen Vicky Charles to decorate their new home.

And when asked about their choice by News Corp, Llewellyn-Bowen hit out at the couple.

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He said: “Meghan is far too dull, she’d run screaming from me.

The star explained: “My only hope for a proper, decent royal commission is when we get a Queen Camilla.

“She’s just over the garden fence and I’m very much hoping for a royal command.”

Expanding on what he’d design for Camilla, he added: “I think something that’s Elvis’ jungle room.”

Llewellyn-Bowen also joked that he would set up his grandson with Princess Charlotte.

He said: “I adore him, and having brought up daughters to have a grandson is incredible. I was trying to persuade him the other day how pretty princess Charlotte was.”

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