September 27, 2023
Lionel Richie discusses the 'highlight' and the 'comfort zone' with King Charles Coronation.

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Lionel Richie is full of compliments for King Charles’ endearing nature.

In a confession, the musician, who was invited to perform at His Majesty’s Coronation this month, praised the 74-year-old’s hospitality.

The singer revealed on American Idol that he and the King have a long history.

He said: “I’ve known the King quite a long time. He does have this amazing sense of humour that no one knows about.

“He’s a secret comedian… For him to actually take the step and go out of the comfort zone – which was actually his comfort zone – he was hamming it up.

“The highlight for me was that I actually walked up to the King the day after the Coronation and said, ‘Would you like to be on American Idol and he said, ‘Yeah’.

“And the second thing that was the highlight was he said, ‘Alright if I bring the Queen?’ ‘Uh, yeah’. “

The artist then gushed about King Charles’ love for Camilla, calling them a ‘wonderful couple.’

Richie lauded Charles and Camilla as a “amazing couple” and commended their efforts with the Prince’s Trust.

Lionel Richie discusses the 'highlight' and the 'comfort zone' with King Charles Coronation.

Before attending the Coronation, the musician spoke to PEOPLE magazine about his excitement.

He said: “I mean, you don’t get in the business and say, ‘You know what? I’ll be at the King’s Coronation’. You know, that just never comes up.

“[It’s] A, a surprise. B, what an honor. And C, the fact of all the names that are out there that he could have had for this, he called my name.”

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