Controversial King Charles? Why Big Celebs Don’t Want to Perform at the Coronation
As Britain prepares for the coronation of King Charles III in May, big pop stars were included in the invitation list. These included: Adele, Harry Styles, Robbie Williams, Elton John, The Spice Girls. But all of them have reportedly refused to be a part of the ceremony.
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The Sun reported that King Charles had requested the Spice Girls to perform at the grand finale, but all members declined the invitation. Other news outlets reported that Robbie Williams also declined the offer, citing his jam-packed schedule.
Media reports stated that Elton John, who was a close friend of Princess Diana, was also approached to perform at the coronation of King Charles. However, the musician, who performed a special version of “Candle in the Wind” at Diana’s funeral in 1997, declined the offer.
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Page Six reported, “Experts believe no one wants to perform because they would be associated with a monarchy engulfed in scandal.”
The report quoted Little Mix’s publicists Simon Jones, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson as saying, “The royal family have suffered a number of PR disasters in recent times, and anyone performing on the show should be aware of this.” One has to consider whether there is a visible reaction among his fans.”
The head of a major British music PR company is reported to have said, “These huge symbolic associations carry enormous weight and are literally bold and underlined in the history books. I can understand why there would be a huge PR buzz about artists doing or not doing this.