King Charles III's coronation is near, but the monarch seemingly has difficulty having A-list stars at the event. So, who among the most famous performers refuses to perform at the crowning, and who may attend?
The Artists Who Refuse to Perform at King Charles' Coronation
According to Rolling Stone, Adele, Elton John, and Harry Styles have reportedly refused to perform at King Charles' coronation, along with Spice Girls and Robbie Williams.
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Most of the musicians declined to comment as to why they couldn't attend the event, but the rep for John confirmed that the music icon couldn't take the stage due to scheduling issues.
Experts Weigh in on A-List Stars' Refusal to Perform at Coronation
Experts weighed in on the issue of why these A-list stars refused to perform at King Charles' coronation. They said it probably related to the fear of being associated with the monarchy's scandal.
"The royal family has faced a number of PR disasters in recent times, and anyone performing at the show would have to consider whether there would be a backlash from appearing amongst their fans," Simon Jones, Little Mix, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson's publicist, told Rolling Stone.
Others reportedly felt that aligning with His Majesty would not help their career.
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"For them right now, storytelling is really important," Meg, a head of a leading British music PR company, said about Adele and Styles' refusal. "These big symbolic associations carry a lot of weight and literally go down in history books in bold and underlined. I can understand why there'd be a big PR discussion around artists doing it or not."
"With [Queen Elizabeth II], she was fab and glamorous to some people. Charles doesn't add anything — there's not a legacy of his that anyone would want to align with," she continued. "It's televised, so a lot of people will hear your songs, sure, but in terms of long-term PR strategy, I don't know if performing would add positively to an artist's narrative unless they were staunchly pro the monarchy."
King Charles May Invite Madonna
Meanwhile, royal commentator Christopher Andersen said King Charles would be "crazy not to ask Madonna" to perform at his coronation amid several A-list stars' refusal.
"As far as lining up performers for the coronation concert, I wouldn't panic quite yet," The King author told Fox News Digital via Express. "Joss Stone is a friend of the younger royals and can usually be counted on. There is also a long list of American pop stars chomping at the bit to perform."
As the likes of Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, and Andrew Bocelli willingly performed at the late Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee last year, it might be easy to invite them back.
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"They'd be crazy not to ask Madonna, who has a massive 40th-anniversary tour this summer, and I'm sure wouldn't mind the opportunity to perform for the king," he suggested.
"So, plenty of options (for the coronation concert). People are reading way too much into what really amounts to scheduling conflicts," he added. "It's highly doubtful that anyone would turn down the invitation to perform at the coronation… It's a singular moment in history and, frankly, just too massive a gig!"
King Charles' coronation will take place on May 6 at Windsor Castle.
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