Some of our South Shields stars were given a Royal seal of approval on TV last night.
X Factor winners Little Mix and comedian Chris Ramsey entertained Prince Harry at the Royal Variety Performance.
The show, which was recorded last month, saw millions tune in to watch the likes of Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton John take the stage.
Chris, 29, from Marsden, said he was honoured to have performed on the show.
He performed some material from his latest stand up show All Growed Up, talked about becoming a dad two weeks earlier, and bantered with the Prince, even getting him to wave at his new son, Robin.
Chris said: “I don’t usually make an event of watching myself on television but we had the whole family round this time. My mam and dad came round, my wife Rosie’s parents were here and we had Robin in a little suit, and we had some champagne while we watched it.
“It was so exciting but I started getting more and more nervous when I knew my bit was coming up, but I was on my best behaviour and even managed to have a joke with Prince Harry. I couldn’t be in a room where a Royal was sitting watching my stand up and not do something about it.
“I’m chuffed that he waved to Robin as well, we’ve got it recorded and we’ll definitely be showing it to him as soon as we can.”
He added: “The Royal Variety Performance people came to see my show in Edinburgh and my manager rang me one day and told me they’d been there and loved it. He said they’d be making a decision over the next couple of months but rang back in two hours to say they wanted me on the show.
“I’ve known about it since August and have had to keep it to myself and had the nerves to deal with, but it was an absolute honour, and having three people from South Shields there was unbelievable.
“My mam absolutely loved Diana and she loves William and Harry, and I’m about the same age as him so I almost feel like I’ve grown up with him.
“I’ve seen him on telly and in the papers my whole life, and seen all the amazing things he’s done, and then I got to stand up in front of him and tell jokes. It was an honour and a privilege.”
Little Mix, which stars South Shields girls Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards alongside Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, took to the stage to sing their latest single Love Me Like You.
Their mums say it was surreal sitting watching their little girls perform for royalty.
Perrie’s mum, Debbie Hogg, said: “It was fantastic. They looked absolutely stunning and it was just brilliant but so surreal.
“All of the Little Mix mums are in a group chat on WhatsApp and we were sitting throughout the whole show messaging each other and we were all so excited.
“Me and Perrie sat and watched it together and it was amazing watching the girls on that show.
“I can’t even describe how I feel about everything that’s going on with them at the minute. They’re going from strength to strength and seeing them on the Royal Variety was just fabulous – I was crying my eyes out.”
Jade’s mum, Norma, added: “It was so strange watching them but they were amazing and they looked stunning.
“All the mums were texting each other while the show was on and we all just thought it was amazing.
“Jade even said that Elton John went up to them and said he loved Black Magic and she was so excited, she couldn’t believe that Elton John knew who they were and loved their song.
“The Royal Variety is the pinnacle in this industry and them being asked to do it was just fantastic.
“I remember when they did Sunday Night at the Palladium and I thought then it couldn’t get any better.”