New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra stopped by the OK! office yesterday to talk about her new album, Paradiso, and career highlights like singing for the Queen of England! The UNICEF ambassador has also sang for Prince William and Prince Harry and says that both princes are “really humble, down-to-earth men.” Although she hasn’t met Kate yet, she thinks she’ll be a really good mother. Find out more after the jump!
Considering Hayley has sang for former President George Bush, Tony Blair, The Queen of England, not to mention the princes, she says performing for Queen Elizabeth is “always an honor and always a bit surreal.”
Although she knows after performing the queen usually comes over to shake her hand, Hayley admits, “I’m always a bit of a mute when I these important people. I’m too scared to say anything because you have to wait for them to talk to you and you don’t want to make a joke that’s not going to be understood.”
It sounds like she feels a bit more relaxed around the princes. She adds, “I’m always very polite and on my best behavior. But then with the Princes, Prince Harry and Prince William they are very down to earth and I’ve been able to have a good chat with them when Prince William come out to New Zealand just recently well it was actually a couple of years ago when the prime minister held like a barbeque for him in his honor and so I went along with my sister and they had Prince William behind the barbeque like cooking everyone sausages.” Yes, sausages!
“Then he came around and he sort of came by me and my sister and we just talked about desserts and puddings and having to work off the pudding or something. I can’t remember quite what it was about but we just had a good laugh and the same goes for Prince Harry. They are both really humble, down to earth, young men.”
Although she hasn’t met Kate yet, she says, “I think they make the sweetest couple though. They seem really happy. I think she seems to be a very caring person and the two of them both seem to be very caring and gentle souls. So I think she’ll make a good mum. No pressure though (laughing). I know everyones waiting with (bated) breath.”
Reporting by Stephanie Buscema