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Prince Edward beams amid rumours he is set to meet Ariana Grande this week


Prince Edward looked particularly smart when attending a fundraising gala in London on Tuesday – as reports emerge he may be meeting one of the world’s biggest popstars this week. 

The Earl of Wessex, who turns 59 this Friday, joined guests at the National Youth Theatre’s annual fundraising gala at The Londoner Hotel, which raises funds for the the charity to continue its work. 

Dressed in a dapper black suit with a crisp white shirt and a bow tie, Queen Elizabeth II‘s youngest son appeared to be in high spirits. 

And his chipper disposition may be explained by rumours he is set to visit the set of the film adaptation of the musical Wicked next week, which stars pop sensation Ariana Grande

The Sun reported the father-of-two is due to visit the set in his capacity as patron of many arts charities and organisations.

Prince Edward, 58, (pictured) looked dapper in a black suit and bow tie as he attended the National Youth Theatre Annual Fundraiser Gala 

The Sun has reported Prince Edward is due to meet international pop sensation Ariana Grande (pictured) on set of the film adaptation of the musical Wicked later this week

The Sun has reported Prince Edward is due to meet international pop sensation Ariana Grande (pictured) on set of the film adaptation of the musical Wicked later this week 

The royal (middle) was joined by Dawn Airey, NYT board member (left) and artistic director Paul Roseby OBE (right)

The royal (middle) was joined by Dawn Airey, NYT board member (left) and artistic director Paul Roseby OBE (right)

A film insider told the paper that Edward has been invited on set to meet some of the stars including Ariana. 

They said: ‘Edward’s visit has been kept under wraps.

‘He’d been invited as a guest of honour, and now he is going to actually meet some of the stars, including Ariana.’

The reports come amid rumours Buckingham Palace is struggling to find performers to play at the coronation in May.

Dawn Airey, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Paul Roseby and Krishnan Guru-Murthy attend the National Youth Theatre Annual Fundraising Gala at The Londoner Hotel

Dawn Airey, HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Paul Roseby and Krishnan Guru-Murthy attend the National Youth Theatre Annual Fundraising Gala at The Londoner Hotel

This evening Edward, who is patron of the National Youth Theatre, was joined by guests from the showbiz industry including NYT board member Dawn Airey and artistic director Paul Roseby OBE. 

The National Youth Theatre is a youth arts charity that has been dedicated to inspiring the lives of young people and audiences for over 60 years. 

It’s charitable remit gives accesible opportunities both onstage and backstage to young people aged between 14 and 25 from all corners of the UK and diverse backgrounds. 

It hopes to give young people unique, life-changing experiences working with some of the UK’s leading professional directors, writers, producers and stage managers.   

Tuesday’s event ‘Make A Splash’ held a silent auction of over 120 items, ranging from luxury holidays to once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences. 

The Earl of Wessex has been quiet so far throughout March but in February was seen attending the Radio Times’ annual covers party

The Earl of Wessex, 58, was the guest of honour at the party, held at Claridge’s Ballroom in London, which celebrates those who have featured on the magazine’s front cover in the previous 12 months.

Dressed in a smart grey suit, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son appeared in great spirits.

The Earl of Wessex, 58, joined guests for the National Youth Theatre's annual fundraising gala at The Londoner Hotel, which raises funds for the the charity to continue its work

The Earl of Wessex, 58, joined guests for the National Youth Theatre’s annual fundraising gala at The Londoner Hotel, which raises funds for the the charity to continue its work

The royal donned a bright green polka dot tie and a matching pocket square with a white shirt for the star-studded event.

Inside the venue he was joined by famous faces including Sir Lenny Henry, Sir Michael Palin, and Sue Barker.

This September marks the Radio Times’ 100th anniversary, with the event also welcoming cover stars from across the decades including Sir Tony Robinson, and newsreader Angela Rippon.

At the event Edward received two commemorative Radio Times covers featuring the the Queen; the first ever to feature the then Princess Elizabeth in October 1940 and Radio Times’ Platinum Jubilee cover from May 2022.



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