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Watch the Duchess of Cornwall give dramatic James and the Giant Peach reading – with all the voices!

Watch the Duchess of Cornwall give dramatic James and the Giant Peach reading - with all the voices! - EpicNews

May 27, 2020 – 14:02 BST
Danielle Stacey

The Duchess of Cornwall showcased her spectacular performing abilities for the first time ever as she was given a starring position in a particular reading of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Camilla, 72, joined Oscar-winner Lupita Nyongo’o, actor and comic Josh Gad and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi as they learn the kids’s story in character. The Duchess performed the position of the stunned Ship’s Captain, who spots a Giant Peach fly by, saying: “Holy cats! Send a message to the Queen at once! The country must be warned!”

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WATCH: Camilla will get into character as she reads James and the Giant Peach

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Camilla, who has lengthy been an advocate of storytelling, tells Taika: “I’m thrilled to do it, not that I’m much of an actor, but I shall do my best,” earlier than delivering an excellent reading. The royal learn her half from her Scottish residence, Birkhall, the place she and the Prince of Wales have been residing since the UK lockdown was imposed in March.

The collaboration between the Roald Dahl Story Company and Taika is an element of a marketing campaign to assist charities impacted by COVID-19, together with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which offers specialist nurses to noticeably in poor health kids in the UK, in addition to Partners In Health, a worldwide well being non-revenue which helps public well being programs in some of the most susceptible communities round the world. The ten-episode collection has already featured some very well-known faces, together with Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris and Liam Hemsworth and Ryan Reynolds.


Taika and Camilla throughout their storytelling

The Duchess of Cornwall has been patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity since 2017 and invited kids, supported by the organisation, to her annual Christmas celebration at Clarence House final December.  

Camilla mentioned: “I hope this campaign will raise vital funds to support those most in need at this very challenging time – as well as helping families and children currently in lockdown to find a moment of comfort through the joy of reading.”

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Luke Kelly, Managing Director of The Roald Dahl Story Company, mentioned: “Our purpose is to deliver pleasure and escapism to kids and households at this very powerful time – but in addition to boost very important funds for Partners in Health who’re engaged on the entrance line in the battle towards COVID-19.

“The participation of Her Royal Highness is a very special moment in this campaign and we feel so privileged to have her involvement – we know parents and children in lockdown all over the world are going to love this episode and we look forward to revealing further surprises in due course.”

Watch the full episode here.

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