SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: A song for Megxit… how Harry and Meghan inspired blues star’s biting ode to royalty
Bryan Adams was so inspired by his friend the Princess of Wales that he wrote a song about her, called Diana.
Now, one of his fellow rock stars, Joe Bonamassa, has been moved to compose a tune about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — but he seems distinctly less impressed with their role in the Royal Family.
U.S. blues rock giant Bonamassa came up with the title track of his new album on the very day that the Duke and Duchess dropped a bombshell by declaring they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America.
It’s unclear whether he has ever met Harry and Meghan, but US blues rock giant Joe Bonamassa, has been moved to compose a tune about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
‘I wrote the song Royal Tea on the same morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their resignation from the Royal Family,’ confirms Grammy-nominated Bonamassa, who started his career aged 12 when he opened for blues legend B.B. King.
The lyrics appear to be a comment on Harry’s take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards life as a working royal: ‘Bring me back, keep me gone, reel me in and waste my life all the time.’
‘Other lines are even more damning and seem to take a swipe at Harry and Meghan’s attitude towards the Queen: ‘Had to bow to kiss her / I done give you life / All first class . . . And check out your future/ Royal Tea / Gettin’ away with murder.’
Bonamassa’s lyrics appear to be a comment on Harry’s take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards life as a working royal. Bonamassa said it was the departure from Royal Family which inspired him
It’s not clear if Bonamassa has met Harry or Meghan, but he’s a close friend and musical collaborator of Prince Charles’s friend, the ivory tinkler Jools Holland.
BBC presenter Holland — who is one of Charles’s favourite musicians and a regular guest at his country home, Highgrove — plays on a different track on the album, which was recorded in London’s Abbey Road Studios, synonymous with The Beatles.
Bonamassa explains why he was inspired to compose the song: ‘There was this whole thing about them leaving the Royal Family.
‘I didn’t realise you could do that — like, could I say to my mum: “Hey, I decided to leave the Bonamassas. My new name is Homer Thompson.” ’
Rock around the Christmas Tree on Charles’ £5k horse!
If the Duchess of Cambridge is struggling for Christmas present ideas for the family this year, she could do worse than taking a tip from her father-in-law.
Prince Charles’s shop at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire retreat, has just unveiled its yuletide collection of ‘unique gifts’. It includes rocking horses for £5,599.99 — perfect for Prince Louis.
The royal range even features a corgi tree decoration, crafted with traditional Indian embroidery, for £10.95. Just the thing for the grandmother-in-law!
Prince Charles’s shop at Highgrove, his Gloucestershire retreat, has just unveiled its yuletide collection of ‘unique gifts’. The collection includes rocking horses for £5,599.99
Emma’s brave secret of how a surrogate mum brought second son to Longleat
After Emma Weymouth’s difficult first pregnancy left her close to death, the former Strictly star decided to use a surrogate for her second son.
But despite being told she couldn’t carry another child, she still felt ‘guilty’ and ‘confused’ about not giving birth to Henry herself, she has bravely revealed.
The Marchioness of Bath, 34, is mother to John, five, and Henry, three, with husband Ceawlin Thynn, Marquess of Bath.
‘Having a surrogate carry Henry was a massive decision,’ Lady Bath, who runs Longleat House in Wiltshire with her husband, tells a Vogue Wellness panel talk about motherhood.
‘I felt guilty and I felt confused, and it was the sharing with other women who have done the same thing for such diverse reasons that helped me arrive at that decision.’
She adds: ‘Having Henry the way we had him was incredible, and such a different experience.’
Strictly star Emma Weymouth has bravely shared how despite being told she couldn’t carry another child, she still felt ‘guilty’ and ‘confused’ about not giving birth to Henry herself
DJ Don leaves on a sad note
Desperate to attract younger listeners, the BBC is antagonising many of its older ones.
Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black stepped down from presenting his Sunday night show on Radio 2 this month and has been inundated with complaints.
‘I’ve had 800 emails and maybe 1,000 letters about it,’ says Black, who wrote classic songs including Diamonds Are Forever and Born Free.
‘I’m absolutely heartbroken that no one is ever going to hear Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone — all these people that I love.’
Black insists it was his decision to quit the show, but adds, pointedly: ‘You’ll notice that Radio 2 is catering for a younger audience and doing more shows for young people.
‘I understand you have to move with the times, but I still think there should be an hour or two a week, where someone does play forgotten people.’
Asked what makes him angry, Jeffrey Archer replies: ‘Snobbery.’ From humble beginnings in Somerset, he’s become a multi-millionaire through his best-selling novels.
‘Elevated to the peerage in 1992, he says: ‘I’ve come across it in the House of Lords. People who feel they have the right to be there, who think they’re better than you because of where they grew up.
‘Maybe I notice it because I had a relatively ordinary childhood in Weston-super-Mare.’
Presenter Lizzie Cundy covers body with face masks as she says she’s ‘not taking any chances’
Dressed like that, Lizzie, you could catch a cold!
Who says face masks have to be a bore?
Perky presenter Lizzie Cundy has shown they can be useful in a variety of ways.
Lizzie, 52, who was allegedly once asked by Meghan Markle to help her find a British boyfriend, has created a bikini using three separate medical masks.
She explains that she’s ‘staying safe, keeping positive and not taking any chances’.
Let’s hope that by next summer, masks will be a thing of the past.
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