Prince William to deliver ‘loving’ speech about Charles and Camilla
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Prince William will pay tribute to the King and Queen Consort following a concert jam-packed with music royalty, it has been reported. The Prince of Wales is said to be finalising Sunday’s concert address, which reports claim will be a heartfelt show of support for Charles and Camilla.
His endorsement will be the direct opposite to brother Harry’s recent comments, who in his memoir Spare labelled the Queen Consort the pair’s “wicked step-mother” and claimed she leaked stories to the media to improve her own public image.
The Duke of Sussex has informed his father he will not be in the UK for the Bank Holiday celebrations.
Harry will instead return to the US to belatedly celebrate his and Meghan’s son Archie’s fourth birthday.
The royals are said to be “relieved” at the Duchess of Sussex’s absence following the couple’s relentless criticisms and claims against them in recent years.
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Speaking to The Mirror, a royal source said: “William feels entirely differently to his brother on these matters.
“His speech will be heartfelt and loving, paying tribute to his father as a man of principle who has also devoted himself to duty and to the causes he believes in.
“The Prince also feels it is important to pay tribute to how Camilla has dedicated herself to causes and has made a real difference to many in her royal role and also contributing to his father’s happiness.”
Meghan’s estranged family have once again publicly criticised her in a documentary with Australian network Channel 7.
The former Suits star, 41, has not spoken to some of her relatives since her father Thomas, who is still recovering from a stroke, failed to attend her wedding.
In a trailer for the documentary, he is seen pleading: “How do I fix this?”
As the countdown to the Coronation enters its final week, newly-released pictures reveal the dazzling stage for the concert in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It features the Union flag with platforms that fan out into the crowd and a halo-like screen surrounding the roof.
Take That, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, Steve Winwood, Nicole Scherzinger and Andrea Bocelli will perform at the gig, to be screened on BBC 1 from 8pm.
The concert can also be viewed on iPlayer and heard on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on Sunday.
Classical acts include Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Around 20,000 ticket winners will get to see the stage lit-up in red, white and blue against the backdrop of the castle’s East Terrace.
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The BBC said the staging creates multiple levels for a 74-piece classical ensemble.
It is made up of the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra and woodwind, brass and percussion sections from the Bands of the Household Division.
The concert will be hosted by actor Hugh Bonneville, while Tom Cruise, Dame Joan Collins, Bear Grylls and Sir Tom Jones are to appear in video messages.
The series of recorded sketches will reveal little-known facts about the monarch and will also include moments from Winnie the Pooh.
The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art will come together for the first time to create a one-off performance featuring Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and Olivier Award nominee Mei Mac.
While the Coronation and concert will warm the hearts of royal fans, weather may not be so accommodating.
Those hoping this weekend’s sunshine will continue into next are in for a disappointment, with heavy and thundery downpours forecast.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to London for the Coronation at Westminster Abbey and the procession back to Buckingham Palace.
On Sunday, street parties are planned across the country as part of The Big Lunch, and there is an extra Bank Holiday to enjoy on Monday.
But the Met Office said: “Through the weekend, southern parts are more likely to see unsettled conditions with fresh winds, rain and showers, these perhaps heavy and thundery, while the north is likely to remain drier.”
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