King Charles laughed off an incident in a Mayfair pub when a staff member accidentally bumped into him and apologised by saying “Sorry, King”, a pal claims.
His Majesty and Queen Consort Camilla had reportedly been out in London ahead of the Royal Family's Christmas trip to Sandringham in Norfolk when the incident occurred last month.
The stunned staff member inadvertently collided with the monarch but then said “Sorry, King”, instead of the correct term “Your Majesty”.
Charles ascended to the throne after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in September. His coronation has been scheduled for Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6.
A friend of His Majesty told the Daily Mail : “The King and Queen attended a party at the pub and the man had to carry up a big tray of appetisers from the kitchen.
“He opened the door to the room using his back, so he could keep both hands on the heavy tray. Then he bumped into someone.
“He turned round and saw it was the King. Shocked, he said: 'Sorry, King.'
“He was later told by his boss that the King found it really funny and it was the first time he’d been called 'King'. In future, he should call him, 'Your Majesty'.”
In the days that followed the incident, Charles was seen laughing and joking with members of the public outside Sandringham.