Ruthie Henshall recalls private moment with Diana and Charles

Ruthie Henshall tells hilarious tale about singing in front of Diana

Ruthie Henshall joined The One Show presenters Jermaine Jenas and Alex Jones alongside Les Dennis to discuss their upcoming roles in their latest WestEnd play, 42nd Street.

However, as the conversation turned to King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday, May 6, Ruthie revealed an interesting story which involved Charles handing her cocktails.

Alex began: “Moving on though to the coronation, Janette you will not believe the story that Ruthie has got for us.

“Tell us about, not only meeting King Charles, but him making you a little cocktail! Can we share?”

Laughing at the memory, Ruthie revealed: “Oh yes, this was a few years ago, it’s one of the stories ‘I was up in Balmoral’.

“I was with the Queen, Margaret, The Queen Mother, Diana, Charles and Edward, and they were having a cookout in Balmoral.

“Diana said to me ‘Sing a song’ and Margaret caught her saying this so she went ‘Oh yes, sing that song from the show you’re in’.

“I was in Les Miserables at the time, but prior to this Charles had made me two martinis. Now I had never had a martini before.

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“I didn’t know that martinis were a polite way of having 10 vodkas in one, so I had two of these and then proceeded to sing I Dreamed a Dream.

“I must’ve changed key three times at least, it was not the best rendition but hey…. they were very strong.

“I think he literally just waved the vermouth and that was all it was.”

Ruthie and Prince Edward dated one another on and off for a total of five years before they called time for good.

Previously speaking about their relationship, Ruthie admitted that the stage career would have had to have stopped for the pair to continue their relationship, but it was something she wasn’t prepared to do.

She said: “I think I had hopes that we could walk on in our relationship but really and truthfully I think I was very aware that I wouldn’t be able to do what I do for a living if I’d have stayed with him.

“If you think about it, I would be in the theatre (doing) eight shows a week, they’d have to check out the theatre every night, check everyone’s bags, it would be just impossible.

“And there was nothing – at that stage – that was more important than what I did.”

The One Show airs weekdays from 7pm on BBC One.

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