A Buckingham Palace footman who played a key role in the announcement of Prince George’s birth a week ago has returned to his family home in an Indian slum after his work visa expired.
Badar Azim, 25, appeared in newspapers and on television across the world when he attached the official bulletin confirming the royal baby’s birth to an easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
He has had to give up his job, and a grace-and-favour flat in the Royal Mews within the grounds of Buckingham Palace, after a two-year work period tagged on to his student visa ended. He is understood to have returned to his family, who live in two rooms shared between nine members of the extended family in Calcutta.
Mr Azim is reported to have tried to extend his visa but after nearly 18 months at Buckingham Palace he was forced to concede defeat. Days after posting the announcement of Prince George’s birth, he returned his uniform of black tailcoat and red waistcoat, and handed back the keys to his Royal Mews flat before flying to India.
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