Royal censorship: Comedians asked to lay off the Windsors during Royal Variety Show

Royal Family: Expert discusses 'lasting' problem for monarchy

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The Royal Family have dominated headlines over the past two years, with a plethora of scandal and drama. In order not to bear the brunt of the jokes made, the family have allegedly stepped in ahead of the recording of the Royal Variety Performance, asking comedians to tone down and reduce the number of jokes aimed their way. The Royal Variety Performance will be held on November 18 at the Royal Albert Hall and the Queen, as a patron, is usually in attendance.

Traditionally, performers would light-heartedly poke fun at the royal box but not this year, according to royal commentator Neil Sean.

Mr Sean claimed that the Royal Family have asked performers at the Royal Variety Show to lay off the Windsors.

He said: “People appearing in front of the royals this year have been – more so than any other year – told not to make jokes about the following, including the former royals the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“This makes it very difficult if you’re a comedian because it’s ripe for those put-downs and quips.

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“Likewise, someone who is totally removed from the table is HRH, Prince Andrew.”

He added: “You can imagine, no jokes about that.

“Finally, they don’t want any jokes about waring brothers William and Harry.

“Now, normally what happens when you attend something like the royal variety performance, you do get a few gags in aimed at the royal box.

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“That’s part of the fun of it, but you can imagine, this year is going to be even more incredibly difficult if you’re appearing in front of the royals.” has contacted both Buckingham Palace and the Royal Variety Performance for comment.

The Royal Variety Performance this November will mark exactly one hundred years of Patronage from the reigning Monarch, beginning with King George V in 1921.

That year, King George V stated: “the Monarch or a senior member of the Royal Family, would attend an annual Performance, in aid of Brinsworth House and the Royal Variety Charity, once a year thereafter.”


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“To demonstrate the Royal family’s love and support for the entertainment industry and its associated charity.”

The show will be hosted by Alan Carr and feature the cast of Moulin Rouge and Matilda as well as Ed Sheeran, Sir Rod Stewart, James Blunt, Anne-Marie, Years & Years, Cirque du Soleil, and many more.

Buckingham Palace and the Royal Variety Charity have been contacted for comment. 

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