Greg Davies in Royal Variety blunder as viewers pan veteran show as 'excruciating'

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Greg Davies suffered the indignity of a technical blunder in front of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex at the Royal Variety Performance last night.

The comedian fronted the veteran charity show at the London Palladium, but bungled one of his links so badly, he had to leave the stage and come back on again.

He was supposed to be welcoming the cast of the Tina Turner musical to the stage, but instead began: “When he gave a spell-binding performance at the wedding of your royal highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the only people at the wedding who missed it were yourselves as you were busy signing the register.

Greg Davies (Credit: PA)
Greg Davies (Credit: PA)

“So, we would like to take you back to that magical day…”

Clearly realising the error, he went on: “This is the wrong. This is entirely the wrong link. Yeah, I’m going to walk on again. If it happens again, I’m walking.

“I’m sorry mum.”

It perhaps wasn’t the only thing that he should have been apologising for.

(Credit: PA)
(Credit: PA)

Let’s just say there wasn’t an abundance of praise for the performances – notably the comedy acts, including Rhod Gilbert, Rod Woodward, Gad Elmaleh and Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

Ouch.

The Royal Variety Performance, formerly the Royal Command Performance, was first staged in 1912, for George V and Queen Mary.

It raises money for the Royal Variety Charity, formerly the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, which helps to provide residential and nursing care for those who have worked in the entertainment industries.

Previously alternating between broadcast on BBC One and ITV, it’s been shown solely on ITV since 2011, to dwindling ratings, last year being its lowest ever at 4.86 million viewers.

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