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‘Meghan Markle in disguise’ is back! Coronation guest who was accused of being duchess in a wig is seen again greeting King Charles – months after rising to fame due to his unique appearance at royal ceremony
- Sir Karl Jenkins was seen with His Majesty at Buckingham Palace on Thursday
A coronation guest who was accused of being ‘Meghan Markle in disguise’ has been seen greeting King Charles again at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.
Sir Karl Jenkins, unexpectedly shot to fame when he appeared at His Majesty’s Coronation in May this year after internet denizens joked he was actually the Duchess of Sussex who had not attended the once in a lifetime event.
The 79-year-old composer was present to see his ‘haunting’ work Tros y Garreg played at Westminster Abbey, but his contribution was somewhat overshadowed when people on social media suggested he was Meghan wearing large white wig and glasses.
The Welsh musician, who is perhaps best known for composing the song Adeimus, was forced to puncture the online frenzy by confirming he was not the California-based royal.
Today he shot back into royal life after was seen smiling and laughing with King Charles at a palace function to celebrate those who contributed the coronation.
Sir Karl Jenkins was seen smiling and laughing with King Charles at a Buckingham Palace reception on Thursday. Pictured: Sir Karl (centre right) with his trademark moustache
The Welsh composer was sat next to Andrew Lloyd Webber at King Charles’s Coronation in May, but shot to fame when people on social media accused him of being Meghan Markle in disguise
The Duchess of Sussex did not join her husband Harry at the Westminster Abbey ceremony on May 6. Pictured: Meghan and Harry at a reception in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2019
The musician was spotted by keen-eyed royal fans at Thursday’s gathering at Buckingham Palace
Sir Karl, and the distinguished moustache he was worn since he was 18 year’s old, were among the hundreds of guests at Buckingham Palace on Thursday as Charles and Camilla thanked them for their help.
His attendance did not go unnoticed, with one person Tweeting: ‘Not the dude that everyone thought it was Meghan in disguise attending the reception at Buckingham Palace today’
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The multi-instrumentalist was sat next to Andrew Lloyd Webber at the coronation in May, but stole the thunder from West End musical legend.
Speaking after the event, Sir Karl said: ‘I was quite surprised that some people thought I was Meghan Markle in disguise. Someone wrote I was there, whoever I was, to steal the crown jewels.’
Sir Karl chuckled then added: ‘I look like this all the time and in addition this on my neck, which is what they give you when you get a knighthood – this was around my neck over which my tie came and my jacket.
‘Oh and my moustache has been referred to in The Times as well – but I’ve had the moustache since I was 18 years old. It was very trendy then. So that’s me. Nothing sinister about it or surprising at all.’
Others joked online about the misunderstanding, saying it was ‘Tilda Swinton deep in character’ or ‘Just wait until the polyjuice [a transforming potion from Harry Potter] wears off’.
Many agreed that the off-the-cuff remark was one of the best jokes made about the day, which saw King Charles III crowed at Westminster Abbey alongside his wife, Queen Camilla.
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The 79-year-old’ work Tros y Garreg was played during the ceremony (pictured in 2015 receiving his knighthood)
Sir Karl told viewers how he had sported his moustache since he was 18, and that it was ‘trendy’ back then (Pictured: A younger Sir Karl)
Sir Karl celebrated his composition The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace spending 1,000 weeks in the classical charts earlier this year
The composer told BBC News that he remembered watching the last coronation in 1953 as an eight-year-old in Swansea.
His music formed part of Charles III’s coronation ceremony, to show the King’s love and appreciation for Welsh culture and music.
‘I am very honoured. It obviously sums up Welsh culture – the harp – and he [the King] has always supported Welsh music,’ said Sir Karl.
‘I don’t know whether he chose it, but he was happy to have it there. I know he likes it otherwise he wouldn’t have asked me.’
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The piece was first composed for the then Prince of Wales two decades ago, when he was reinstating the role of royal harpist. Catrin Finch, the first person to win the reinvigorated role, played the piece.
‘It’s a slow movement based on old Welsh folk tune,’ said Sir Karl. ‘It’s haunting, it’s very Welsh and the story is redolent of a soldier returning home and crossing the stile.
It starts very quietly, with the strings playing the melody of the folksong, then the harpist is doing this technique called bisbigliando, which means whispering in Italian,’ he added.
He studied music at Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a fellow and an associate. He became the lead songwriter of jazz-rock bank Soft Machine in 1974, having joined the band two years earlier.
He collaborated with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar and with Elton John on Tumbleweed Connection, released in 1970.
In 2008 Jenkins’s The Armed Nab was listed as No. 1 in Classic FM’s ‘Top 10 by living composers’.
He received an OBE in the 2005 New Year Honours and a CBE in 2010, before being knighted in 2015.
The King got the chance to thank Sir Karl in person during Thursday’s gathering at Buckingham Palace.
Charles and Camilla invited representatives from across government, the Church of England, creative arts, volunteers and policing involved in the historic day to Buckingham Palace.
Others who helped plan and run Queen Elizabeth’s funeral were also invited and personally thanked by Charles and Camilla at the event attended by the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
King Charles appeared in a good mood at Thursday’s Buckingham Palace reception as he mingled with people who helped organise his coronation celebrations
The King stands with Royal Photographer Chris Jackson during the event on Thursday
Anne, the Princess Royal, smiles as she meets people involved in organising her brother’s coronation
Queen Camilla shakes the hand of a woman at the Palace ceremony earlier on Thursday
The King and Queen were crowned during a glittering ceremony staged at Westminster Abbey on May 6, and the following day a concert was staged in the grounds of Windsor Castle with performances from an array of stars from Olly Murs and Lionel Richie to Paloma Faith and Take That.
Neil Walter, who was in charge of parking for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said the King told him how he was seated so far from the concert stage he could not see what was happening on the stage
The official added: ‘He said next time he would like to be closer – or bring his binoculars.’
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Another guest, Claire Popplewell creative director, BBC Studios – who helped oversee the broadcast of the coronation and concert, said: ‘The whole team rose to the occasion on the day, they are moments in history, amazing history.
‘We were there to do the ceremonial, which is what it’s all about, but then to have the party and the concert afterwards and to be such a success was very special.’
Among the guests at the event were royal florist Shane Connolly, who provided the blooms for the Westminster Abbey Coronation and Bruce Oldfield, the designer behind Queen Camilla’s coronation gown.
Broadcaster Clare Balding, who provided the BBC commentary for the coronation processions to and from Westminster, recalled a slight faux pas during her presentation.
She said: ‘I managed to say – which is a perfectly acceptable horsey phrase – that the Princess Royal had been very quickly mounted, and joined the procession. I didn’t bat an eyelid at that.
‘I didn’t even realise. When I got home, my partner Alice said, ‘You seem to have caused a bit of a stir.’ But that’s just the sort of thing that would make them all laugh.’
The Abbey was festooned with blooms sourced from the UK by Mr Connolly, who was the florist for the Queen’s wedding to Charles in 2005 and created the floral displays for the funerals of her father and brother.
He said about the King and Queen’s reaction to the coronation flowers: ‘They loved them and they appreciated every single stem and the fact that it was given by British growers and British gardeners…I think it meant the world to them.
‘And really one of the few things in the Abbey which was about them as people were the flowers, so they were incredibly pleased.’
Among the guest was Penny Mordaunt, who as Lord President of the Privy Council generated huge interest on social media when she carried the Sword of State during the coronation ceremony.
Asked about the attention her role received, she replied: ‘I think that was what was so wonderful about the event, you had all this incredible pageantry and you really felt the history and the heritage of it all, but it was a modern service for a modern monarchy.
‘And it was great to see so many women, so many diverse people represented in that procession and I was one of them, and I was just very proud to be there as his first Lord President and the first women to do that role.’
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