Aled Jones was most nervous singing for Charles and Diana: 'It was so surreal'

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Aled Jones on stage at the Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)
Aled Jones on stage at the Global Awards 2020 with Very.co.uk at London's Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)

Walking in the Air singer Aled Jones says the performance that made him the most nervous as a teenager, was when he sang for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Kensington Palace in the 1980s.

The Welsh singer and broadcaster spoke to Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time and told her that the Prince of Wales called his father at work in a factory in Wales, asking when he would be free to go and sing for them.

Describing Charles's phone call, Jones explained Charles had said: "'I love your son's voice. I'd love him to come down to Kensington Palace to sing for myself and Diana, when is he free?'

"My dad went: 'Tomorrow if you like?' And a couple of days later, my mum and my pianist from Wales, Annette, and myself found ourselves sitting in Kensington Palace in the living room looking at photos of William and Harry as little babies.

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"Then in came Charles and gave my mum a gin and tonic. Then Diana came and she'd been swimming, and I sang for an hour."

Jones had shot to fame in 1985 when his cover of Walking In The Air became an unlikely chart sensation.

He says they spoke to the royal couple for another hour, but then Jones accidentally knocked a pint of water onto the carpet.

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He said: "I thought: 'Oh my god, they're gonna send me to the tower! And Diana was lovely. She said: 'The boys do it all the time, don't worry,' rubbing it in. It was amazing."

He explained that his father could not make the trip because he stayed behind to work, and that a businessman friend of the family who lived in London had provided a Rolls Royce to get them to the Palace.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland chat with Aled Jones as they attend Classic FM's 25th anniversary recital at Dumfries House in Cumnock.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, chat with Aled Jones as they attend Classic FM's 25th anniversary recital (PA)

Jones said: "I couldn't open the door because I was so nervous, because it was just so surreal.

"I'm used to dealing with concert halls and thousands of people but this was just two people. [It was] really exposing but they were lovely.

"In the end we did a 'what would you like to hear?' And so for Diana I sang some Beatles songs and for Charles did some Handel and it was lovely.

"Just like Welsh karaoke! It was great."

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