Frank Skinner details apology from Sophie Wessex after she said ‘don’t give up the day job’

Frank Skinner has opened up about the apology he received from Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, after a remark she made at the Royal Variety Performance.

The comedian, 66, shared the fallout on Monday morning's Lorraine, hosted by Ranvir Singh.

Frank detailed the incident at last year's Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, after which Sophie approached him and told him not to "give up the day job" following his performance of Three Lions with David Baddiel.

"I said, 'What do you mean?'

"And she said, "Well, I can tell you're not used to working in front of a live audience'.

He continued: "I said, "Well, I'm a comedian', and she said, 'Yeah, but you've never done anywhere as big as the Albert Hall, I can tell'.

"I said, 'Well… I did the London Palladium on Sunday'."

The story shocked former Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir, who asked: "Did you actually have this real conversation with her, defending yourself?"

"Yeah," Frank answered. "There was a slight sense in her expression of, 'You're not supposed to argue with me, just nod', but I think it was a misunderstanding."

Frank went on to explain that following the awkward encounter, he got a note through the post from Sophie herself apologising.

"I talked about it on a radio show, I do a radio show on Saturday mornings," he began.

"And everyone [on the show] was saying, 'Oh, I saw that thing in the paper…

"And then I got – it was a Christmas card – and I have to say, she doesn't need to send a note to someone like me, do you know what I mean?"

He added of her apology: "It was handwritten, really lovely and it was really polite."

When speaking of the incident on his Absolute Radio show, Frank confessed he was feeling unwell the night of the performance.

"I was gradually getting more ill and more ill, as the day went on. I was struggling. We were singing Three Lions. So I croaked my way through the dress rehearsal. And then, on the night, we did the show.

"I made Dave sound like Mario Lanza on the night. It actually hurt to sing it. Four minutes of hurt never stopped me singing. I was in physical pain.

"Then we had our royal thing. Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex […] Sophie led the way, bearing in mind I'd had a really hard day and I battled on like a trouper. So she comes up and she says: 'Well, don't give up your day job'. I thought, This is not how the royal walk thing works'. And we honestly said, 'Pardon?'"

Sophie became the new Duchess of Edinburgh in March, after her husband, Prince Edward, inherited the title following King Charles ' ascension to the throne.


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