Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Church 'sorry' for royal comments

Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church has apologised for making unflattering comments about the Queen - and admitted she had been "foolish" to make the "flippant" remarks.

The singer had claimed in a magazine interview that the Queen "has no idea what is going on" - and never recognised her despite meeting her repeatedly.

But in a new statement she said she was "deeply sorry" for the offence caused.

Voice Of An Angel star Church, 24, made her original comments in the February edition of Esquire magazine.

But now she said: "I am deeply sorry if my comments about Her Majesty the Queen caused offence.

"I am honoured to have met her and have an enormous amount of respect for her and what she does. After seeing those words in print, I realised how foolish I was to make such flippant remarks to a journalist.

"I find it difficult to remember even making them. My only defence is that I never expected a respected publication to sensationalise my words out of context like this."

Welsh star Church said in the magazine interview: "I've met her about seven times and she never remembers me. When you get close to her you realise she's an old woman and has no idea what's going on.

"I feel really sorry for her. She probably doesn't want to be wheeled out at every Royal Variety Performance to watch scantily clad dancers and s***** comedians."

Mother-of-two Church split from rugby star Gavin Henson last year.

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