Maya Jama baffles King Charles as she asks him if he watches Love Island

King Charles III speaks with Maya Jama and Campbell Addy at The Sovereign's Creative Industries Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
King Charles III speaks with Maya Jama and Campbell Addy at The Sovereign's Creative Industries Garden Party at Buckingham Palace -Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire

Maya Jama asked King Charles if he watches Love Island during an amusing run-in at Buckingham Palace. The 29-year-old tried to recruit a new fan to the ITVX show during their palace encounter.

The Love Island host told the monarch how she fronted the reality dating show. When asked what her plans were, she told King Charles how she is set to jet off abroad to 'film some young people snog someone'.

The King mingled with guests during a garden party celebrating the creative industries. He was joined by Queen Camilla, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Gloucester on Wednesday, May 15.

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Jama introduced herself as a TV host and said: "I host Love Island. I don't know if you've watched it? It's a reality dating show." Laughing, the King quipped in response: "There's one born every minute."

When asked about her future plans, she told him: "I'm just about to go to Spain to film some young people snog someone." Other celebrities at the event included documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux, Hollywood director Sir Ridley Scott and artist Tracey Emin.

Theroux, 53, said he was 'very flattered' to have been invited and was so shocked he thought it 'must have been a mistake'. He said: "It was illustrious company. It was a beautiful day in a spectacular garden.

"I couldn't tell if [Charles] was a fan, but I would love to say he is." Sir Ridley -who has directed Hollywood blockbusters including Gladiator and Alien - said he was 'incredibly honoured' to have got the invite.

When asked if King Charles was a fan of his films, he said: "No idea. But they've got to watch something at night don't they?" Sir Ridley was made a Knight Grand Cross by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle last week.

About 4,000 representatives from the world of culture, art, heritage, film, TV, radio and fashion joined the garden party. The King donned a grey suit, pink waistcoat and top hat as he smiled to the gathered crowd while entering the garden from the palace.

Camilla sported a pale pink fringed coat dress by Anna Valentine with a co-ordinating Philip Treacy hat. She accessorised her outfit with the late Queen's pink diamond flower brooch.

The royal couple stood at the top of the garden steps to observe the national anthem before the crowd applauded. Charles and Camilla then greeted their guests.

Artist Tracey Emin said the Queen recognised her and remembered her work. She said: "It was lovely. Both the King and Queen recognise the creative arts and that was what was today was for."