Maya Jama asks King if he watches Love Island during Buckingham Palace garden party

Maya Jama asked the King if he was familiar with Love Island
King Charles III speaks with Maya Jama and Campbell Addy at The Sovereign's Creative Industries Garden Party at Buckingham Palace -Credit:PA Wire/PA Images

Maya Jama, the reality TV host, left King Charles bemused during a Buckingham Palace garden party honouring the creative industries when she asked if he was a fan of Love Island. The King shared a light-hearted moment with guests, including the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and Duchess of Gloucester, amidst the festivities on Wednesday.

Maya, 29, introduced herself as the presenter of Love Island, saying: "I host Love Island. I don't know if you've watched it? It's a reality dating show." The King responded with humour, jokingly remarking: "There's one born every minute."

When asked about her future plans, Maya told the monarch she'd about to "film some young people snog someone" in Spain.

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The event was also graced by celebrities like documentary maker Louis Theroux, acclaimed director Sir Ridley Scott, and artist Tracey Emin. Theroux, aged 53, expressed his delight at the invitation to PA news agency, half-joking that it "must have been a mistake".

He went on to say: "It's illustrious company. It's a beautiful day in a spectacular garden." He added that he "couldn't tell" if King Charles was a fan but would "would love to say he is."

Sir Ridley, known for directing epic films such as Gladiator and Alien, felt "incredibly honoured" to attend. When probed about the King's taste in movies, Sir Ridley quipped: "No idea. But they've to watch something at night don't they? ".

Sir Ridley Scott was honoured with the title of Knight Grand Cross by the Prince of Wales in a ceremony at Windsor Castle last week. The event saw a gathering of around 4,000 individuals from the realms of culture, arts, heritage, and the entertainment industry.

Prince Charles, donning a grey suit paired with a pink waistcoat and top hat, was greeted with smiles as he made his way into the garden from the palace. The Duchess of Cornwall chose an elegant pale pink fringed coat dress designed by Anna Valentine, complemented by a Philip Treacy hat, and added a touch of sparkle with the late Queen's pink diamond flower brooch.

The Royal pair paused at the top of the garden steps to stand for the national anthem, which was followed by applause from those present. Following the anthem, Charles and Camilla engaged with different groups of attendees.

Artist Tracey Emin shared with PA how both the King and Queen Consort have shown appreciation for the arts, recalling that they had remembered her and her work, commenting: "It was lovely. Both the King and Queen recognise the creative arts and that was what was today was for."

Despite undergoing treatment for an undisclosed cancer since early February, the King has resumed public engagements, including hosting his first investiture in five months at Windsor Castle this past Tuesday.