One of the grooms from the upcoming season of Married At First Sight NZ has revealed how he faked his CV to get a job working for the royal family.
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Speaking to The Edge Afternoons show with Jono, Ben and Sharyn, James Hardy spilled the goss on making cappuccinos for "the big dog" - otherwise known as Queen Elizabeth II.
"I was a barista for the Queen, and I'd never made a coffee in my life, so I was a bit over my head on that one," he said.
A slightly embellished CV was followed by an interview that Hardy said he "nailed", and before he knew it, he was serving drinks at Balmoral Castle, the family's holiday home in Scotland.
"I spent a bit of time with her and the family. I was quite surprised, they're actually normal people," Hardy said.
Contrary to their strictly managed public image, the reality TV groom said the royals had "great banter", although he admitted Prince Phillip was an "absolute shocker" with some less than politically correct calls.
When host Jono Pryor questioned whether Hardy had maintained his casual Kiwi demeanour in the castle, Hardy said he'd just "been himself", and that he'd "chuck a bit of chat" at the Queen when serving her coffee.
"You're a good guy to get on the piss with, I don't know if I'd have you in the palace," Pryor said.
These days, Hardy is a telecommunications technician in Christchurch, as well as a newlywed - his wedding to a complete stranger will hit screens next month when Married at First Sight NZ premieres on Three.