Darcey Bussell tipped Prince Harry for Strictly appearance: 'He'd be great!'

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The beloved ballerina returns to TV screens tonight on Alan Titchmarsh: Spring Into Summer. During her career, which came to an end 14 years ago, she spent more than two decades in the Royal Ballet. Dame Darcey, 52, was honoured by the Queen three years ago and after the ceremony gave a surprising prediction about the Duke of Sussex’s future.

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Dame Darcey compared being made a dame to the excitement and chaos of getting married.

She said: “It was such a shock, I wasn’t expecting it at all.

“It’s kind of like getting married and you realise you’re suddenly here and it’s nearly over.”

The performer was honoured for her services to dance – an industry she has continued to support since her retirement in 2007. 

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darcey bussell prince harry strictly come dancingDarcey Bussell tipped Prince Harry to make an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing (Image: GETTY)

darcey bussell prince harry strictly come dancingDarcey Bussell spent 20 years as part of the Royal Ballet – here pictured in 1989 (Image: GETTY)

Speaking about the honour, Dame Darcey said: “For me it’s recognition for all the dance institutions I’m involved with.”

Away from the Royal Ballet, she worked with the NYCB, La Scala Theatre Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet and the Australian Ballet.

While reflecting on her damehood during an interview with the Irish News, she suggested an unusual new career path for Harry.

Dame Darcey said it would be “fantastic” if he became the first Royal Family member to enter the BBC dance contest.

Furthermore, she argued he would do very well in the competition too.

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darcey bussell prince harry strictly come dancingDarcey Bussell thought Prince Harry would be 'fantastic' if he entered Strictly Come Dancing (Image: GETTY)

She said: “I would love to see Harry... I think he would try everything.

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“He would probably be great on Strictly, wouldn’t he? He would be fantastic.”

Harry has not hinted at any consideration or offer from the BBC show. 

The Sussexes have attracted a large following since the royal in 2018. 

Since they left senior royal roles

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