Taylor Swift is among a host of A-list stars who turned down the chance to perform at King Charles’ coronation concert, according to royal commentator Omid Scobie.
These “shrug-offs”, the royal correspondent suggested, could be a sign that Charles is not as popular as his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who quoted the star-studded line in her celebration of Platinum Jubilee.
In a missing account of tensions within the House of Windsor, which reportedly remains divided after the outbursts over the resignation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the royal family, Scobie said. The Independent: “I don’t think it’s the end of the monarchy, but I think we’ve reached a critical moment where it might be the end of the monarchy as we know it.”
Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival was released in the UK on 28 November.
The controversial book claims to have pulled back the curtain on royal life in the run up to the Queen’s death. These include Princess Kate’s alleged frosty relationship with Meghan, an alleged rift between King Charles and heir to the throne, Prince William, as well as Princess Anne’s reported role in evicting the Sussexes from Frogmore Cottage.
In one section, he suggested that the new king “just doesn’t need the gravitas” to drum up public support – and celebrity, adding that his coronation concert at Windsor Castle had finally “proved a challenge for the organisers” due to the “long” list of acts who turned down the opportunity to perform at the show.
“In a country facing economic crises at home and reputational damage abroad, many sections of the public are increasingly less tolerant of royal extravagance and family dramas,” Scobie wrote.
“Even finding entertainment for (King Charles’) coronation court at Windsor Castle proved a challenge for the organisers. The list of acts who have turned down invitations to perform is long and includes Sir Elton John, Harry Styles, Spice Girls, Adele, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.
“Compare that to the line-up for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Queen (with Adam Lambert), Alicia Keys, Sir Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, and, more than happy to clear his schedule for Her Majesty, even Sir Elton ,” he continued.
At the time of the coronation concert on May 6, Swift, 33, was in Nashville, Tennessee, for her Eras Tour shows.
Scobie says that while these refusals “may seem trivial”, they are also a sign of “something deeper at work”.
“Charles doesn’t have the necessary gravitas, which is understandable, because he spent most of his life after the grand-class cruise ship on his mother’s reputation,” he added. “In fact, positive opinion of the royal family in the United Kingdom dropped from 68 percent to 54 percent within four months of the Queen’s death.
“In our age of celebrity obsession and pop culture icons, if Elton and Harry Styles can’t be bothered, why can we?”
The Independent Buckingham Palace and representatives for Swift have been contacted for comment.
Stars who eventually performed in concert included Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, singer-songwriter Freya Ridings and classical-soul composer Alexis Ffrench.
An ambassador for Charles’s the British Asian Trust foundation, Perry said he was “grateful” for the invitation to perform at the concert.
“He asked me to sing and everyone agreed,” he said. “I am very grateful to receive the award.”
Neither Buckingham Palace nor Kensington Palace have yet responded to the claims in Scobie’s book.