BBC Breakfast: Dan Walker makes family blunder on show
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has had his fair share of moments with royalty and admitted one specific moment stands out. The golf-enthusiast dished on a moment he shared with Queen Elizabeth II, where he admittedly got ignored.
The 43-year-old spoke candidly about an incident he suffered after coming face-to-face with the Queen which he attempted to “style out”.
It comes after the Breakfast host took the Queen on a tour of the BBC studios in Salford, Manchester.
Dan explained: “When the Queen opened our new studios in Salford I showed her around.
“I was halfway through what was a brilliant story and she sort of pied me off a bit.”
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The father-of-three revealed the Queen “walked off” just as he got to the meaty part of his story.
“I was halfway through the story about how the studio works, and how many people watch the programme,” Dan recalled.
“I was building up to my big punchline and she went, ‘It was lovely to meet you.’ And she walked off.”
Dan added: “Obviously, I need to work on my storytelling.
“I tried to style it out that I ended the conversation but it was quite clear that Her Majesty had quite enough.”
This was not the first moment the broadcaster had experienced an awkward encounter with a royal.
Dan was giving a speech at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards – a programme geared towards young people to develop their interests and talents.
The broadcaster addressed the moment which “didn’t go down too well” with Prince Phillip.
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Dan explained: “I’ve met all of the royal family but I got told off. I had an incident with the Duke of Edinburgh once.
“I was giving a speech at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards once, and he came into the room and I was halfway through my speech and I made a joke about him interrupting me.”
He chuckled: “That didn’t go down too well.”
Elsewhere, Dan has kept himself busy through lockdown with the release of his book Remarkable People: Extraordinary Stories of Everyday Lives where he recounts inspiring stories of people that he has met throughout his long-standing career.
The presenter shines a light on those people who have shown selflessness and provided courage, even during challenging times.
Dan said: “What I really wanted people to take from the book, is that struggling is not failing.
“We all face struggles in life and for some people that battle is an illness, stress, abuse whatever it might be.”
He added: “It’s possible to not only change your own circumstances but to have a significant impact on the people around you.”
Remarkable People: Extraordinary Stories of Everyday Lives is out now.
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