Sir Cliff Richard has recalled a funny encounter he had with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and the late Diana, Princess of Wales that took place when Harry was a young boy. The Devil Woman singer was skiing in Lech, Austria at the same time as the royals when he bumped into them. The group spent the evening at a hotel bar, singing their hearts out.
"I used to ski in a place called Lech in Austria," Sir Cliff, 76, told Lorraine's Ross King. "Charles and Diana used to come there, then they brought the children there. We'd always sing in the bar of the hotel. I saw Harry go [Sir Cliff imitates yawning], and we stopped and I said, 'Prince Harry, do you know any rock n roll?' He said, 'Well yeah, do you know Great Balls of Fire?' 'Great Balls of Fire', I said, 'Yeah I do, but how do you know it?' [He said], 'Oh mummy plays it all the time'."
Sir Cliff Richard and Princess Diana skied together in Austria
Sir Cliff, who has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, appeared on Lorraine ahead of the release of his new single Blue Suede Shoes. The pop star admitted that he has achieved everything he's wanted to do in his musical career, but the past two years have been particularly difficult. "You will never know what I went through," he said. "We want to try and get something changed, so therefore something new has come into my life that has nothing to do with music but has something to do with lifestyles and the injustices that can take place in our society."
Sir Cliff was subjected to a 22-month police investigation regarding historic child abuse claims, that was mired in controversy from the start. South Yorkshire Police engaged in a deal with the BBC in which the broadcaster filmed a search on the star's Berkshire home in the summer of 2014, and broadcast it live. In a statement, South Yorkshire Police later apologised "wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused" to Sir Cliff by the force's "initial handling of the media interest" in its investigation.
The singer was cleared of historic child abuse claims last year
In June 2016 Sir Cliff was cleared of historic child abuse claims. The Crown Prosecution Service announced that it has "carefully reviewed" the case and decided that there was "insufficient evidence to prosecute". In a statement, Sir Cliff said he was "obviously thrilled that the vile accusation and the resulting investigation have finally been brought to a close". He added: "I have always maintained my innocence, cooperated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point."