Sunday 17 December 2017

The prince and the pop queen: Ellie and Harry 'are dating'

Ellie Goulding, pictured performing on stage, and Britain’s Prince Harry are rumoured to be in a relationship, according to media reports. Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Ellie Goulding, pictured performing on stage, and Britain’s Prince Harry are rumoured to be in a relationship, according to media reports. Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Ellie Goulding and Britain’s Prince Harry, pictured, are rumoured to be in a relationship, according to media reports

Alice Vincent

Britain's Prince Harry is secretly dating pop singer Ellie Goulding, according to media reports.

Rumours that they are a couple have seen bookmakers publishing odds on him popping the question to the star, with Coral offering odds of 5-1 that they confirm they are dating following a flurry of bets. The pair were spotted kissing during a charity polo match recently.

Back in 2011, it was announced that Goulding would be performing at the reception for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The singer's career was just taking off - she had lent her featherlight vocals to the 2010 John Lewis Christmas advert, covering Elton John's 'Your Song' - the number that would soundtrack the royal couple's first dance - before releasing her debut album, 'Bright Lights', three months later. It topped the UK album charts.

Eight weeks later, she met Prince William at Radio One's Big Weekend in Bangor.

She later told Billboard that grime musician Tinie Tempah "introduced me to Prince William last year at a festival, because they were both watching my set from the side of the stage".

"William enjoyed the set so much that he kept me in mind for, obviously, last week," she said, referring to the wedding.

Honour

Goulding performed around 14 songs at the reception, including covers of songs by The Wannadies, Stevie Wonder and The Killers, until her set finished about 1.30am.

She later described the event as "an amazing honour", adding: "The atmosphere was incredible and it is a night I will never forget."

Goulding had been dating BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James for eight months by this point, and picked up the Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards a few months earlier.

Just weeks after Goulding had performed at his brother's wedding, she was sandwiched between Harry and her then-boyfriend James at a charity polo dinner in Berkshire.

Harry, then 26, was recently single after his relationship with Chelsy Davy had ended.

Irish Independent

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