Prince William reveals that son Louis, five, ‘loves OneRepublic’ (but George is still a fan of ACDC!)
- Prince of Wales met the American singers back stage at the Earthshot awards
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Prince William has revealed that his youngest son Louis is a huge fan of pop band OneRepublic.
The Prince of Wales, 41, met the American singers back stage at the Earthshot awards in Singapore last night.
Speaking to the group, famed for songs Counting Stars and Apologize, the future king said: ‘I can’t thank you enough,’
‘You were amazing. What a way to start the show. That was incredible.’
‘Louis, my youngest, loves your songs’ he added, before he confessed that Prince George, 10, is still into veteran rockers AC/DC.
Prince William has revealed that his youngest son Louis is a huge fan of pop band OneRepublic. The royal is pictured with the band
Louis (pictured with his mother the Princess of Wales) love the noughties pop stars, William says
The prince met the band backstage after Tuesday night’s show at the 1,500-capacity Theatre at Mediacorp and congratulated them on their performance, which opened proceedings.
In May, William revealed that George is a big fan of both the Australian rockers and Led Zeppelin.
On a night when the main topic was the need to take urgent action to combat climate change and other environmental threats to the world, William, 41, told British indie band Bastille their performance of Pompeii – about the disaster that befell the Roman city when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD – to close the show profoundly affected those around him in the audience.
He said the song, performed by the band with the Voices of Singapore choir and singer Freya Ridings, was the perfect way to end proceedings.
‘You guys blew it away. Honestly, it was incredibly moving, it was very powerful and I didn’t want it to stop.
‘And everyone in front of me was crying. I mean I didn’t see behind me but there were tears everywhere. It was so powerful and a great way to finish the show. So thank you so much.’
South African actress Nomzano Mbatha, who presented one of the awards, told William she was in tears at the end. ‘It was incredible,’ she said.
The prince thanked co-hosts, actors Hannah Waddingham and Sterling K Brown.
American pop rock band OneRepublic looked entertained as they conversated with William before the event
Prince William’s humour appeared to be on form as he repeatedly made Lana Condor, Hannah Waddingham, and Sterling K Brown laugh
‘You were brilliant. The chemistry was oozing,’ he said.
Brown said: ‘We had a good time. There were a couple of snafus but we made it through.’
William enthused about the Earthshot finalists, saying they were the real heroes of the evening and he hopes scaling up their businesses will help solve some of the world’s environmental problems.
‘I think we raised the bar this year. Best one yet,’ he told the performers.
Earlier, William congratulated the winners, who stood waiting for him, clutching their awards, which are made from recycled materials, including brass sourced from water pipe fittings, household waste and minute metal elements filtered from wastewater sludge.
Green glamour! Hannah Waddingham walks with the Prince of Wales as he arrives for the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony, at The Theatre at Mediacorp, Singapore on Tuesday
On the music front, British band Bastille also attended the event at Prince William’s invitation
The prince, who met the finalists earlier in the day before the results were announced, strolled in, clapping his hands and smiling broadly, and said: ‘Hey, well done. I’m so pleased for you. I tried to keep a straight face seeing you all today. I tried to give nothing away. I hope none of you read me.’
He told them: ‘I’m so proud of all of you. Really well done.’
William, who congratulated them on their speeches, added: ‘I hope you feel the love and support out there because that is what is there. It’s for all the hard work you’ve done.
‘And many of you have been doing this for a long, long time and have never truly been acknowledged for all the hard work you’ve put in. So take this moment to really take it in. Everyone is grateful and supports all the hard work you’ve done.’
He told them: ‘The Earthshot Prize is nothing without you guys.’
William promised to visit all of the winners, who come from across the globe. ‘I will do. The great thing is I’ve now got loads of opportunities to go and visit all of you. As each year goes on, I’ve now got plenty of friends all around the world to go and visit.’
He added: ‘Bravo, guys. Sorry we didn’t give you your awards on the stage. Everyone was worried you might drop them.
‘They’re safely in your hands now, that’s what counts.’
He asked to have a group photograph taken with the winners.
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