As the search for a pop star lineup for King Charles’ coronation continues, Ariana Grande is said to be meeting Prince Edward.
The “Thank U, Next” singer, who is 29, might meet Charles, the king’s youngest brother, this week when he visits the set of her upcoming movie “Wicked.” This is because a number of big-name artists have dropped out of performing at the concert on May 7, the day after Charles, 74, is crowned in London’s Westminster Abbey.
A person who works in the movie business told “The Sun” on Tuesday, “Edward’s visit has been kept secret. “He’d been invited as a guest of honour, and now he is going to actually meet some of the stars, including Ariana.”
A source said that Edward, who is 58 years old, might be “joking” about Grande joining the coronation concert. But “The Sun” said that “sources close to the star say she probably won’t.”
Kylie Minogue, who is 54 years old and sang “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” won’t be in Britain at the time of the concert, it was announced on Monday. She is the latest star to drop out of the show. Adele and Ed Sheeran also won’t be able to perform at Charles’s coronation concert, according to reports.
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The “Hello” singer, who is 34, is said to have turned down the invitation, and “The A-Team” singer, who is 32, is said to have a gig in the United States that will make it hard for him to perform at Windsor Castle.
Adele doesn’t have any public plans for May 7 or after March 25, when her Las Vegas residency ends, but “The Sun” said she is “locked in to other commitments that will keep her from going.”
The Mail on Sunday also said that people close to Sheeran told show organisers that he is too busy to play at the Windsor Castle concert.
“The king has suggested a number of people he would like to perform, and Adele and Ed were on that list,” a source who was involved in planning the show told the publication. He really wanted them to be in the concert.
“There is a team set up to get the talent signed up but they were unavailable, which was a massive disappointment. They are titans of the showbiz industry and are quintessentially British but also known across the globe. It’s such a shame.”
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— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) March 7, 2023
In June 2022, Sheeran sang his hit song “Perfect” at the end of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant for the late Queen Elizabeth. The song was chosen as a tribute to the queen and her husband, Prince Philip.
Charles is said to want 29-year-old Harry Styles to play the show, and 73-year-old Lionel Richie has agreed to open the concert. The Spice Girls are also said to be in talks to get back together for the show.