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Taylor Swift: Prince William duet was 'surreal and completely natural'

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Taylor Swift: Prince William duet was 'surreal and completely natural'

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Feb 4, 2014

Taylor Swift is currently back in London on the latest leg of her global Red tour, and reporters there can't get enough of the details of her royal duet with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, last fall. Invited to the Centerpoint gala charity event at Kensington Palace, Taylor says it was "a night I will remember till I'm very, very old. The whole evening was completely wondrous and felt so special from the start." (quotes via the Daily Mail.)

Taylor recalls the magical feeling of strolling through ornate rooms and corridors in the palace as string quartets played, sensing "all those people in history who'd walked through the same rooms." She says she had no idea beforehand that she would meet Prince William.

"At the reception I saw Jon Bon Jovi talking to him and then he came over, smiled and started talking to me," she says. "I'd never met him before, he was so charming, so easy to talk to. I know about curtseying in front of the royal family but I didn't actually do it because it was much more informal. Plus I was completely taken aback by his first words to me, he said, 'I hear you’re heading off to Australia' and I couldn’t believe this Prince of England actually knew what someone like me was up to."

When the time came for rocker Bon Jovi to perform, he called on the prince to join him, Taylor explains. "He'd heard William loves singing [the Bon Jovi hit] 'Livin' on a Prayer' on karaoke nights. Then he said to everyone in the room, 'If I put pressure on the Karaoke Kid he’ll have to get up and sing.' Prince William looked and me and said, 'I'll do it if you do it too' and then took my hand. I was just completely surprised and flattered and it felt surreal and completely natural at the same time. We jumped on the stage and started to sing and then we were really yelling into the microphone and clapping hands. I still can't believe I've sung with the Prince of England. Well, both of us were more screaming than singing. But even through all that I could hear his voice and it is pretty good. A nice tone. I'd definitely say he's got star quality, and if he ever wants me to sing with him again I'll be there."

Taylor is at London's O2 Arena again Tuesday night and after a stop in Berlin, returns to London for two more dates at the O2, Feb. 10 and 11.

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.