Prince Harry: Michael Ball says he wants to see more of house
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The 58-year-old returns to screens today as he joins chef Matt Tebbutt on BBC flagship show Saturday Kitchen. Michael, who is one of the country’s most highly regarded stage performers and singers, made a series of emotional appearances throughout the past year, as he used his talents to entertain a nation locked down due to coronavirus. Alongside Captain Sir Tom Moore, the iconic centurion who raised millions for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, Michael achieved a number one single in the UK charts, with the pair delivering an emotional rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
It became one of the year’s fastest selling singles, recording sales of 82,000, and being the “biggest trending song” as measured by the Official Charts Company.
But weeks after the unlikely duo conquered the charts, Michael was back on TV to amuse viewers – this time on the BBC’s magazine-style broadcast The One Show.
And moments after a segment which saw Harry deliver an impassioned plea during a special VE Day film, Michael made a joke to lift the studio’s mood.
Michael, hosting the show alongside Alex Jones, introduced Harry – who had recently quit senior royal duties with wife Meghan Markle – explaining how the 36-year-old “met two military support groups offering to help heroes”.
The Duke of Sussex chatted to the organisations, which help those who have served in the Armed Forces in the UK.
As the emotional segment concluded, Harry told viewers: “Those individuals that signed up, chose to serve, then have life-changing injuries – they didn’t stop there.”
He added: “That’s why it’s incredibly impressive but yet at the same time so incredibly uplifting.”
Harry was appearing from his new home in California, where he currently resides with Meghan – who is expecting her second child – and their young son Archie.
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Alex said: “Thanks so much Prince Harry for that. He does make quite a promising One Show reporter don’t you think?”
But Michael responded that he was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the Duke’s appearance.
He replied: “Didn’t get to see enough of the house though, did we?”
Alex then shook her head jokingly in agreement, before adding: “You love doing that, don’t you?”
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More recently, Michael admitted he wanted to perform at a memorial service for Captain Sir Tom, describing how the 100-year-old had changed his life.
Captain Sir Tom, who holds two world records for oldest number one in the UK charts and most money raised during an individual charity walk, passed away in February this year after contracting coronavirus.
Speaking in April, Michael told the Daily Mirror: “We are planning, hopefully, a proper sort of memorial.
“He gave me a No1, which was pretty cool, and he gave us all a bit of hope when we were lost and scared.”
He added: “That man’s dignity, humility, kindness and sense of duty made us look like wusses.”
Following the news Captain Sir Tom had passed, Michael returned to The One Show to discuss how the family of the legendary fundraiser were “so sad”.
He noted how Captain Sir Tom’s daughter Hannah had been in contact with him and how she was “happy for me to share everything we spoke about”.
Michael added: “Obviously, they’re so sad and coming to terms with it but she described the last few days.
“They spent the time with him, in the hospital, Hannah with her family and spent the time talking and reminiscing about their life – and this year.”
Saturday Kitchen airs at 10am today on BBC One.
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