Etiquette expert sparks fierce debate after revealing ‘correct’ way to make a cup of tea – and it’s all about the milk | The Sun

IT’S the nation’s favourite drink – but there is fierce argument over how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

And it's safe to say that everyone has their own theories when it comes to whether to put the milk in the cup before or after the tea.

In the early days of British tea-drinking, when the china we had was of such poor quality that it would crack under the heat of boiling water, milk was always put in first to cool the tea.

But in the 18th century better china started to arrive and those who could afford it switched to putting milk in after the water, as a social signifier.

Continuing to put milk in first was associated with the lower classes.

Now, a man who was once King Charles' butler has waded into the debate.

Grant Harrold, who is originally from Airdrie, Scotland, worked for the Royal Family between 2005 and 2011.

He worked as a butler for the now-King Charles and Queen Camilla in their household based at Highgrove House.

Grant also served under the late Queen and Prince Philip from time to time.

The former butler brands himself as Britain's leading "Royal etiquette expert" and he trains other housekeepers in the UK.

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As an etiquette coach, he now creates videos on social media @the_royal_butler), offering advice to Brits on fine dining and manners.

In one clip, he shared a tip about the correct way to make a cup of tea.

He said: "Ladies and gentlemen, when having your afternoon tea we always put the milk in last.

"After all, only babies have their milk first."

His clip has already racked up more than 55,000 views – and many are delighted by his take on the great debate.

One said: "The royal butler confirms the right order to put the milk in ."

A second wrote: "Yeah, I can't believe people would put the milk first."

Meanwhile, a third added: "Good to know I’ve been doing it correctly this whole time."

However, others have still insisted adding milk first is the correct way.

One said: "No, I know how much I need and prefer to add the milk first so it’ll be perfectly mixed. If you don’t know how to do it, just do it your way. It’s ok."

And a second agreed: "I have always been told milk first."

Grant previously revealed the correct way to use cutlery.

Speaking in a video, he explained: “Ladies and gentlemen, please remember that when you are presented with a sandwich as beautiful as this, it can be quite substantial and we are not anacondas. 

“So therefore you pick up your knife and cut a little bit off and that bit is easier to manage.”

This is also the case for burgers. 

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He explained: “When eating a burger we use a knife and fork.

“We never use our hands, unless, of course, you are Fred Flintstone.”

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