David Dimbleby ‘turns down offer to cover King Charles’s Coronation’

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Journalist David Dimbleby, 84, is reportedly the latest in a list of famous faces to turn down any involvement in King Charles’s upcoming Coronation on May 6.

The Times claimed that David, who has covered countless major events in politics and current affairs over his almost six decades as a reporter, with a source telling the publication he didn’t want to “play second fiddle”.

The Question Time presenter fronted the BBC’s coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral last year but also admitted he doesn’t understand the public’s infatuation with the royal family.

He told The Times: “I think it’s an irrational system. And I think it’s a taboo subject in this country to talk about it.

“I think it’s a very strange institution to have in the 21st century.”

The veteran reporter added that the only way to truly change the monarchy’s role in modern UK would be to “start from scratch”.

He also joked that in an ideal world he would have a reality TV show decide “who becomes head of state”, recommending a setup “like The Apprentice” or I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

The BBC has revealed that Kirsty Young will be leading coverage of King Charles’s Coronation from a studio outside Buckingham Palace while Huw Edwards and Clare Balding will lead commentary during the day.

The broadcaster noted there will be plenty of additional coverage expected across TV, radio, BBC News, iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

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The ceremony is set to be followed by a pop concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday evening, with several A-listers reportedly turning down invitations to perform.

This includes the likes of British stars Ed Sheeran, Adele and Robbie Williams, with the latter causing some controversy.

Many believed a Take That reunion would be taking place at the concert but it has since been revealed that the pop group will consist of only Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for the performance.

Among those also believed to be attending are Australian pop stars Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lionel Richie.

Express.co.uk has contacted David Dimbleby’s representatives for comment.

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