Jacob Rees-Mogg is not upper class according to Tatler guide

Jacob Rees-Mogg is not upper class according to Tatler guide

Jacob Rees-Mogg - who is, according to Tatler, not upper class - visiting a branch of Greggs. Image: Getty

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Tatler Magazine has raised eyebrows after releasing a guide about how to be upper class in 2019, with extensive lists of dos and don'ts. 

Among the things on the “non-upper class” list was the word “posh”, Tinder, and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Former royal butler Grant Harold joked ‘let’s not tell the Royal Family’ after Windsor was branded “non-upper class”.

Mr Harold added that the guide was a “load of nonsense”.

However, Mr Harold told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “There is a stereotype, of course there is, but it is what we have all seen through documentaries or what I have witnessed myself.

“Under the “non-upper class” list, we have got things like British Airways – I feel sorry for them – and Windsor.

“I am a bit confused at that but let’s not tell the Royal family. Let’s keep that one quiet.

“I don’t quite know how they have come up with this.”


'A PR stunt' 

Eating bread is on the list of upper class things. Image: Getty

Mr Harold added that the mention of “posh” as “non-upper class” was "annoying".

He said “posh” refers to 'port out, starboard home' – which was the most comfortable accommodation on the ships travelling between England and India, port being the left side of the ship and starboard the right. That origin story is unproven and disputed by some.

“The other thing that annoyed me is that they are saying the word ‘posh’ is no longer upper class,” Mr Harold said.

“The word ‘posh’ is a word that we have always used and most people probably don’t even know what it actually means.

“It refers to port out starboard home. I don’t really know how they have come up with it. It is obviously a bit of a PR stunt.”

Items that have made the “upper class” list include: eating bread, fried eggs and EasyJet.