Monday 16 September 2019

Duchess of Cornwall ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ dance with Strictly’s Brendan Cole

It has been claimed he was sacked from Strictly for breaking protocol.

Cole and the Duchess (Gareth Fuler/PA)
Cole and the Duchess (Gareth Fuler/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association

The Duchess of Cornwall “thoroughly enjoyed” dancing with Brendan Cole, a royal spokeswoman has said, as reports emerged he was axed from Strictly Come Dancing after breaching protocol.

It has been claimed the New Zealander ignored a briefing when he asked Camilla to waltz during a tea dance for the National Osteoporosis Society at Buckingham Palace.

It is understood no complaint was made by Clarence House.

National Osteoporosis Society tea party

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: “The Duchess thoroughly enjoyed her dance with Brendan.”

A representative for Cole denied the claim that he had ignored a briefing, first reported in The Sun, while his fellow Strictly dancer Janette Manrara said Camilla “had a huge smile on her face” during the waltz.

“I can confirm that these assertions are absolutely, categorically untrue. There was no such brief from the BBC,” Cole’s spokeswoman said.

The 41-year-old dancer announced earlier this year that he had been dropped from Strictly after 14 years when his contract was not renewed.

He was one of the only two remaining original professionals, along with Anton Du Beke, and has been part of the show since 2004, winning the first series with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

Manrara told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “It was such a beautiful event and it was so nice, and the charity that was involved was a beautiful charity, and she seemed to really enjoy Strictly and the cast and the dancing.

“I don’t know royal protocol, I don’t know what you can and cannot do, necessarily, but I do know that she seemed happy to get a little waltz in there.

“It was a really nice event, I don’t think it crossed any of our minds that that was a bad thing.”

National Osteoporosis Society tea party

Asked if they had been briefed by the BBC about protocol ahead of the event, she said: “I don’t remember because I was just so excited to be there.

“I walked in and I thought, ‘This is amazing’, so you just genuinely don’t know, you get scared – royalty and the Palace – so obviously your tension is a little bit high, but we were so excited.

“She had a huge smile on her face, she loved meeting all of us and talking about the show.”

The BBC has declined to comment.

PA Media

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top