Speaking earlier this month, the Thinking Out Loud singer, 32, expressed his desire to “set the record straight” after reports began circulating that he’d rejected the opportunity to perform before the newly crowned King and Queen.
Ed claimed however that there was no offer from Buckingham Palace to turn down, and so instead, he’ll spend his Sunday evening as a guest judge on American Idol, as full-time judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie perform for the newly crowned head of state in London.
The star – who recently gushed over his friendship with Taylor Swift, claiming she ‘truly understands him’ – added that she’d “excited to tune in” to the bash taking place at Windsor Castle later this evening.
“Lots of people are saying to me how it’s random [Katy Perry and Lionel Richie] are going to sing at the King’s Coronation…” he told SiriusXM. “I want to clear something up actually.”
“No one ever asked me [to perform]. I assume if they went online and went ‘what’s Ed doing on May 6’ they would go ‘oh he’s playing in Dallas’ so I think that’s what’s happened.”
He continued: “I never ever turned it down. I wasn’t asked but yeah, I am excited to tune into that. Historic, isn’t it?”
In Windsor, royal fans – some draped in Union flags or wearing Union flag dresses – started arriving hours before the concert, which starts at 8pm.
The show, hosted by Downton Abbey and Paddington actor Hugh Bonneville, will see Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Dynasty actress Dame Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and singer Sir Tom Jones appear via video message.
The series of pre-recorded sketches will reveal little-known facts about the monarch and will also include moments from beloved literary character Winnie the Pooh – seemingly echoing the famous moment Paddington Bear drank tea with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
There will also be performances by Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, veteran rock guitarist Steve Winwood, and Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls.
Classical acts including Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and Chinese pianist Lang Lang will perform too.
The Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art will come together for the first time to create a one-off performance featuring Sex Education and Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa and Olivier Award nominee Mei Mac.
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