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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.
“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.
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.
Has Rhod told a joke yet? 🙁 #RoyalVarietyPerformance
— samantha seggie (@samanthaseg1982) December 11, 2018
Just switched on……this is embarrassing! Was that supposed to be a comedian? Dear God….I've laughed more at a funeral #royalvarietyperformance
— Diamond Digger (@delirious2001) December 11, 2018
— Rob Charles (@radiorobcharles) December 11, 2018
Am I allowed to say LVG is not funny? . #RoyalVarietyPerformance
— Paul O'Hagan (@pmohagan) December 11, 2018
Honestly that was probably the worst ‘comedy act’ I’ve ever seen in my life!! Embarrassing 🤦🏼♀️ #RoyalVarietyPerformance
— •Amy• (@amesharve) December 11, 2018
— Hannah (@Spampoodle) December 11, 2018
Greg Davies ?
He's rubbish for a start.
Take That ?
Take What ?
They were rubbish to begin with and they're *still* rubbish.
Clean Bandit ?
And anything from a bloody musical is rubbish as well.
IT'S ALL BLOODY RUBBISH ! #RoyalVarietyPerformance pic.twitter.com/VjEc7jGESg
— VoiceOfTheMysterons (@Mysteron_Voice) December 11, 2018
Do you think when Meghan Markle dreamt of being a Princess she ever thought it would involve spending 3 hours watching Rick Astley, Clean Bandit and Mr Gilbert from The Inbetweeners?#RoyalVarietyPerformance
— max (@itsjustmaxxo) December 11, 2018
Well, the #RoyalVarietyPerformance was an excruciating experience. Wow.
— CaPPsiE (@cappsie) December 11, 2018
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.