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Prince Charles praises ‘dedication’ of actress who performed in her Morrisons uniform

Prince Charles praised the ‘dedication’ of an actress who performed for him and the Duchess of Cornwall in her Morrisons supermarket uniform because the engagement fell in the middle of her shift.

Natasha Marshall performed an abridged version of her one-woman play Half Breed for Prince Charles, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall at London‘s Soho Theatre yesterday afternoon. 

To allow her to spend as much time as possible with the royals, Natasha took to the stage in her Morrisons uniform and revealed she was in a ‘rush’ because she had to go back to the supermarket to finish her shift. 

Natasha Marshall performed an abridged version of her one-woman play Half Breed for Prince Charles, 72, and the Duchess of Cornwall, also 72, at London’s Soho Theatre yesterday 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall looked engrossed as they watched Natasha

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall looked engrossed as they watched Natasha

To allow her to spend as much time as possible with the royals, Natasha took to the stage in her Morrisons uniform and revealed she was in a 'rush' because she had to go back to the supermarket to finish her shift. Pictured, Natasha (left) speaking to Charles after the show

To allow her to spend as much time as possible with the royals, Natasha took to the stage in her Morrisons uniform and revealed she was in a ‘rush’ because she had to go back to the supermarket to finish her shift. Pictured, Natasha (left) speaking to Charles after the show

She told Charles and Camilla: ‘I’ve got to go back later so it was easier to keep it on, I’ll be in such a rush. It’s such a pleasure to meet you.

‘The theatre has supported me so much I jumped at the chance to perform today.’

Charles replied: ‘That’s marvellous, such dedication. I really enjoyed the performance and I am praying all of you can open soon. I wish you every success.’

Natasha originally performed Half Breed at the theatre for a run in 2017.  

Later the royals visited The 100 Club  – once dubbed the Punk Palace – where the Duchess of Cornwall reminisced about her carefree youth in the Sixties.  

Camilla, 73, told singer songwriter Emily Capell, 22, she was a big fan of the band The Faces and Rod Stewart back in the day.

Natasha, pictured speaking to Sadiq Khan, said she had to go back to her shift after the show

 Natasha, pictured speaking to Sadiq Khan, said she had to go back to her shift after the show

The actress performing for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall (seen in the audience)

‘I saw them live,’ said the duchess, who asked Sir Rod to perform at Prince Charles’s 60th birthday party.

The venue has been hosting live music in the capital since opening in October 1942, with musicians including The Rolling Stones and The Clash playing its stage. 

During the visit, Camilla complimented the West London singer Emily Capell on her beehive hairdo.

Camilla remarked: ‘I used to have my hair like that in the Sixties, so I know your pain.’

Turning to Prince Charles, Emily asked: ‘And you like The Three Degrees Sir?’

Charles, who was once romantically linked with Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson, laughed and remarked: ‘That was a very long time ago.’

The couple were treated to a performance by Emily and drummer, Matt Cowley, 35, at the live music venue, where stars including Sir Paul MacCartney, Chuck Berry and Oasis have played.

Later the royals visited The 100 Club - once dubbed the Punk Palace - where the Duchess of Cornwall reminisced about her carefree youth in the Sixties.

Later the royals visited The 100 Club – once dubbed the Punk Palace – where the Duchess of Cornwall reminisced about her carefree youth in the Sixties. 

But it also witnessed the birth of punk with The Sex Pistols – famous for their own version of God Save The Queen – The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees all headlining its stage.

Charles and Camilla put protocol to one side and happily sat on plastic seats. They seemed to enjoy Emily’s performance of her song “Bonanza”, tapping their feet along with the beat.

Ruby Horton, the current owner’s daughter, joked with Camilla about looking forward to cocktail hour. Camilla chipped in, ‘you can’t beat a margarita’.

The royal couple leaned against a leather sofa in the club as they penned their names onto the brick wall

The royal couple leaned against a leather sofa in the club as they penned their names onto the brick wall 

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess offered the club their seal of approval as they scrawled their names onto the brick during their visit today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess offered the club their seal of approval as they scrawled their names onto the brick during their visit today

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess offered the club their seal of approval as they scrawled their names onto the brick during their visit today 

The 100 Club been a key case in the Mayor of London’s ‘Culture at Risk’ campaign.

Amy Lamé, Night Czar said: ‘The covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on London’s night-time economy with clubs, pubs, restaurants, theatres and music venues having had to close their doors for months with jobs and their future hanging in the balance. They are vital to London’s economy and will play an important role in the city’s recovery from this pandemic.

‘I am pleased we persuaded the Government to get rid of the 10pm curfew but extending it to 11pm, when it should be scrapped altogether, is a mistake.

‘There are huge numbers of cultural venues that have still not been given the financial aid they need and thousands of freelancers left unsupported by the Government.’


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