Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Prince Harry on the stage?

Is Prince Harry about to tread the boards?

He's made no secret of his passion to help service men and women, whether serving or retired but now Prince Harry has been given a very unusual invitation. Lance Corporal Richard Jones of the Household Cavalry, winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent final, wants Harry to tread the boards this winter to help him at the Royal Variety Performance.

The chance to perform in the world famous show is part of Richard Jones' prize after he became the first magician to win the show, now celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The illusionist from Chigwell in Essex stormed to the title on Saturday night after performing a trick telling the story of British former prisoner of war, Fergus Anckorn, in cards. Mr Ackorn, who isnow 97, is the oldest member of the Magic Circle and joined Richard Jones on stage as the trick came to its rousing finale.

Now Richard Jones is hoping for a bit of royal assistance at his royal performance He told journalists after his win that ''if Prince Harry were up for it, and I'm allowed, then it would be great to do a trick with him.''

Prince Harry was the royal guest at the Variety Performance last year, making headlines as he joked with comedian Jack Whitehall following the show.  It remains to be seen whether he will be attending this year's performance in a slightly different role.  In the meantime, Richard Jones is getting ready for another royal performance - he is due to take part in the parades marking hte Queen's official birthday on June 11th.

Photo credit: the Soldier's Charity.

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