Russell Watson ‘bitter’ about his snub from the Coronation
During their chat on Lorraine, Russell Watson discussed his private performance for King Charles III and how he was asked to be an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
However, despite it being an honour to perform, the opera singer admitted to Ranvir Singh that he was “bitter” about not being invited to his Coronation, which was held earlier this month.
Ranvir began: “Let’s talk about this letter you’ve had from the now King. Was it after you’d had lunch with the Queen or something?”
“No, it was…I’ve done that as well,” Russell laughed. “No, I am joking.
“It was a performance at Windsor Castle, and I did about half an hour set and then I went and sat and had dinner with them.”
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He continued: “And that was where the Prince asked me to become.. .. it was the then Prince now King asked me to become an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.”
“Great honour,” Ranvir praised as the opera singer added: “And then a couple of weeks later, this letter came through from Clarence House, saying how wonderful the performance was, and I’d made the evening very special. The gratitude was boundless.”
“He still didn’t invite me to the Coronation though,” Russell laughed.
“Still a bit bitter about that?” Ranvir asked as he admitted: “Still a bit bitter.”
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Russell may not have received an invite to the Coronation or to perform at the Coronation concert, but plenty of stars took to the stage to sing for the new King.
Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs and Katy Perry were among the stars to perform at the concert.
Lionel Richie also sang Easy and All Night Long, but it was blind and autistic pianist Lucy Illingworth who stole the show leaving viewers in tears.
The two-hour extravaganza, aired by the BBC on big screens in parks and city centres, also featured the 300-strong Coronation Choir and veteran rock star Steve Winwood, accompanied by a virtual choir, with singers from more than 40 Commonwealth countries.
King Charles and his wife Queen Camilla sat with Prince William and Kate Middleton to enjoy the concert.
Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George were also seen dancing and singing along.
However, Prince Louis’ absence from the show was noticed by viewers at home.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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