The Royal Variety Performance viewers were baffled on Wednesday night after noticing Prince Edward wasn’t singing the national anthem. The youngest child of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Edward and his wife Sophie, The Countess of Wessex were the Royal Family guests of honour for 2022.
It was the first time the new national anthem was sung at the event, after King Charles III ascended the throne.
Some viewers didn’t fail to notice, however, that Edward, who was standing next to his wife, was not singing.
While Sophie was seen mouthing the words, her husband stood there staring out into space.
Posting on Twitter, one viewer asked: “I thought it was lovely to see Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex out supporting Charles and William as everyone can’t be everywhere at once they need to share the chores so to speak but noticed Prince Edward not singing National Anthem, very tight lipped, What’s that all about?.”
“Why did Sophie the Countess of Wessex sing the national anthem but Edward didn’t?,” another questioned.
“Did Edward think he was King during the National Anthem? Isn’t he supposed to sing too?,” was another comment levelled at him.
Another even said it was “disgraceful” that he wasn’t singing.
The event has been held since the custom first began in 1912 under King George V.
This year’s festivities were hosted by comedian Lee Mack and featured performances from David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake.
Halfway through the special, a tribute was made to Her Majesty with a moving montage during her 70-year reign.
There was also a tribute to performers that also passed away this year, including Robbie Coltrane, Ronnie Spector, Meat Loaf, Betty White, Tom Parker, Dame Angela Lansbury and Dame Olivia Newton John.
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