Piers Morgan was full of praise for the Duchess of Cambridge following her piano performance during a carol service at Westminster Abbey, dubbing her ‘very ballsy’.
On Christmas Eve, Royal Carols: Together at Christmas aired on ITV, an event hosted by Kate Middleton.
The service was hosted by the duchess as a thank you to the people who have supported their communities during the pandemic, with many in attendance.
With appearances from stars including Leona Lewis and Ellie Goulding, for Tom Walker’s performance, he was accompanied by the royal on the piano.
Following several secret rehearsals with Catherine – who has played the piano since childhood – the pair performed the singer’s hit Leave A Light On.
Among those praising her piano skills was Piers, who tweeted his admiration for her decision to play in a public concert on TV for the first time.
‘Very cool – and very ballsy! Well done Catherine,’ he wrote, alongside two clapping emojis.
Several Twitter users remarked that they were unaware that the duchess could play the piano.
Speaking about their performance, Tom said that his collaboration with Catherine was ‘very secret’, so much so that ‘even the studio didn’t know what was going on’.
‘We were sitting on opposite sides of the room for Covid, rehearsing,’ he recalled.
‘So we got together, we rehearsed the song like nine times and by the end of it she’d absolutely nailed it, and then she went away for a couple of days and practised it, and then we finally got to do the recording of it.’
Tom said that he was ‘really impressed’, as ‘it’s one thing playing along with me in a studio, just the two of us, but then to jump straight in to playing with a live string quartet and a pianist and two backing singers, all of which she’d never met before, and then doing live takes in front of the camera – that’s a whole other jump from jamming’.
‘She absolutely nailed it and I was so surprised at how great she was at keeping time, because she had to start the song off and lead it,’ he added.
‘Amazing musician and what an amazing day, it was crazy.’
Royal Carols: Together at Christmas will be available to watch on ITV Hub.