Rod Stewart on Harry and Meghan not spending Christmas with Queen: ‘Disappointing’

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster dance around Christmas tree

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The Royal Variety Performance celebrates its 109th anniversary this year, making it the world’s longest-running entertainment show. This year’s event will see Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance. The money raised from the show will go to the Royal Variety Charity which helps those people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance. The performance will be on ITV1 on Sunday December 19, 2021, at 7.20pm.

Sir Rod Stewart will perform alongside other stars, including Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Gregory Porter and Elvis Costello.

Sir Rod is an icon of British music, and one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide.

The singer also surprised many in 2019 when he hit out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for not spending Christmas in the UK.

Prior to Christmas that year, he said: “The Queen is 93. I flew round the world to be with my mum and dad at Christmas because I knew they didn’t have many left.

“I was disappointed Harry and Meghan decided not to spend Christmas with the Queen.

“If I was Harry, I’d think there was plenty of time in the future to have Christmases on my own or with Meghan’s mum.”

Meghan and Harry opted instead to spend Christmas with the Duchess’ mother Doria.

A spokesperson for the couple said at the time: “The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month.

“Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, their Royal Highnesses will spend the holidays this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland.”

In 2020, the Christmas situation was further complicated by the Sussexes’ decision to leave royal duties as well as the pandemic.

This year, it appears a royal reunification could also be in doubt as the Queen cancels her pre-Christmas dinner.

Plans were reportedly fully in place at Windsor Castle for next Tuesday’s Christmas lunch, which the 95-year-old monarch hosts each year for her extended family.

But fears surrounding the Omicron variant mean the royals have opted for caution.

Last year’s gathering was also scrapped because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Sir Rod is at least remaining in the party spirit, as seen during his energetic performance at The Nordoff Robbins Christmas Carol Service in London on Tuesday evening.

In an interview with The Guardian last month, he also revealed a funny story about a present he got for Elton John at Christmas.

Asked what his favourite example of Elton trying to upstage him was, he replied: “Some of them were very public, but the one where he showed me up the most was in private.

“We used to live 20 minutes from each other in Berkshire, so for Christmas I bought him a pop-up fridge from Harrods.

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“You pressed a button and there’d be steam and lights and a bottle of champagne. It cost me £600; a lot of money in the Seventies. We swapped presents and he said: “Oh very nice, dear, thank you.

“He gave me a Rembrandt painting! I’ve never felt so stingy. He’s eternally the most generous person I’ve ever known.

“I’m not sure what the best one I’ve done on ‘her’ is … he’s usually got one over on me. I can’t bear it. We communicate through the press now, but we love each other. That’s what counts.”

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