Prince William was treated to a very special rendition of 1984 hit Hello – not only was it sung by Lionel Ritchie himself, but it was apparently his mother Princess Diana’s favourite song.
The Duke of Cambridge was serenaded by the US singer at a charity event at Alexandra Palace in north London on Thursday evening.
Lionel, 65, said: “Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Princess Diana and tonight we have Prince William here.
“I must tell you it is a pleasure to be with all of you but especially this gentleman, because his mother came to me…and she said ‘my favourite song is Hello’.
“So I thought tonight the dedication is to you, my friend.”
Prince William and Lionel were VIP guests at a special dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jewish Care – a charity which provides health and social care to support the UK’s Jewish community.
Ritchie met William prior to going on stage and reminded him that he gave him his first ever music tour jacket at a concert in the 1980s.
The soul star said: “His mother and I were very close friends.
“I’m very proud of him as a father. I congratulated him on that.
“Back on my All Night Long/Dancing On The Ceiling tour I gave them – he and his brother – their first tour jackets.
“The joke with that was how long will they be able to wear them and I said, ‘Not long’.
“(Tonight) I said ‘Of course you’re six feet whatever now, way out of those jackets’.”