South Shields stars Little Mix and Chris Ramsey taking the stage at Royal Variety Performance

Little Mix
Little Mix

A host of South Shields stars will be providing entertainment at the Royal Variety Performance.

Girl group Little Mix and comedian Chris Ramsey are among the star-studded line-up.

The X Factor-winning girl group, which stars South Shields girls Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards alongside Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, said they were nervous about meeting Prince Harry during their first appearance at the annual show.

Jade said: “It’s such an honour, isn’t it? It’s like the show you watch growing up and it’s really important to our family and friends. And, of course, to perform in front of the royal family is a big deal.”

Perrie added: “We’ve always wanted to do it and now that we’re doing it, I’m really nervous, it’s a big deal, a very big deal.”

Jesy dubbed Harry ‘the naughty royal’ and said she’d ask him: “Why are you the naughty one? Why are you the naughty royal?

“I think he’s more of the bad boy. He seems to disobey the rules more.”

Comic Chris also said he’s pleased to be performing for Harry as he thinks he’s the royal who will appreciate his humour the most, but that he’ll have to clean his routine up for the show.

He said: “Obviously it’s got to be clean and family friendly, but I know if you sent Prince Harry to one of my normal gigs, he’d love it.

“I know he would. I’m not saying I’m filth, but you know sometimes you can say things that are a bit. I think he’s the royal I can relate to the most, I think he’s a really good bloke.”

The evening, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, will also see artists like Sir Elton John, One Direction and Kylie Minogue performing.

Traditionally, the Queen has taken it in turns with the Prince of Wales to attend the show,.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s attendance last year, and Harry’s presence this year, is a demonstration of how the younger members of the family are stepping in to help the Queen.

The annual event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formally The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron.

It’s such an honour, isn’t it? It’s like the show you watch growing up and it’s really important to our family and friends. And, of course, to perform in front of the royal family is a big deal.

Jade Thirlwall

Money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.

The charity show is being filmed tonight and will be shown on ITV in December.