Taylor Swift may have famously sung that “you’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess / It’s a love story, baby just say yes,” but life doesn’t always imitate art: When a prince asked her a question—namely, whether she would perform at a party celebrating his recent promotion to king—she reportedly said no.
In royal reporter Omid Scobie’s buzzy new book, Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival, he writes that Swift was among the artists who were invited to perform at the coronation of King Charles III and declined.
“Even finding entertainment for his coronation concert at Windsor Castle proved a challenge for the organizers,” Scobie writes in the book. “The list of acts who declined the invitation to perform was long and included Sir Elton John, Harry Styles, the Spice Girls, Adele, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran. Sources close to Kylie Minogue—a regular at royal events in the past and every much an honorary Brit—said she turned down the opportunity because of the growing republican movement in her home country Australia. Contrast that with the lineup 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.”
Several of the artists mentioned as being asked to perform appeared on a coronation playlist that Charles and Queen Camilla released months prior to the coronation festivities. Headliners such as Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, among others, performed at the king’s concert.
“The coronation refusals may seem frivolous, and no doubt some were down to logistics, but the shrug-offs also suggest something deeper at work,” the passage continues. “Charles just doesn’t have the requisite gravitas, which is understandable, given he’s spent a majority of his life in the wake of the grand-class cruise ship of his mother’s reputation.”
And, logistically, Swift would have had a ready excuse to decline the invitation: On May 7, the date of the concert, Swift was performing the final night of her Nashville stop of the Eras Tour, alongside Phoebe Bridgers and Gayle. The tour has kept her busy since March, and she recently performed her final dates of 2023 in Brazil before heading back to the States for a holiday break. The tour will resume in February in Tokyo.
If King Charles is still hoping to bop along to “London Boy,” Swift has a series of dates in the United Kingdom throughout June, making stops in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff, and London.
Representatives for Taylor Swift did not immediately return a request for comment.
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