Bradley Walsh blasted after 'embarrassing' plea to Prince William backfires

by · Metro

Bradley Walsh left some Royal Variety Performance viewers cringing after begging Prince William for an MBE.

The Chase star hosted the prestigious event at the Royal Albert Hall, which aired on ITV last night, and couldn’t resist a cheeky quip about being snubbed for the honour over the years.

The Prince and Princess of Wales giggled at the joke, but some viewers branded the moment ’embarrassing’.

Bradley told Prince William: ‘Your Royal Highness, I worked for your gran, your great gran, your dad, your grandad, your great grandad, and now you.

‘And I must say – ask me if I’ve got an MBE. Nah, ain’t got one. Ask me if I’ve got an OBE – nah, ain’t got one of them. Ask me if I’ve got a CBE – no!

‘No. Not a sausage. Not even a member of the RAC any more.’

Bradley Walsh begged for an honour during his routine (Picture: ITV)
The Prince and Princess of Wales were seen laughing at his jokes (Picture: ITV)

The 63-year-old star ended up on his knees begging alongside someone dressed as a royal footman as he listed off his comedy accomplishments.

He added that he’s ‘entertained troops in the Falklands’ and was ‘happy to make it out alive’, before joking ‘they’ve probably run out’ of the honours because ‘they give them all to people who row boats’ and ‘people on telly who bake cakes’.

‘I love Bradley Walsh but he’s dying on his arse here,’ tweeted fan @M4ttso, while viewer @LoveRugbyMore said: ‘Bradley Walsh completely embarrassing at the beginning not funny at all begging to be given a cbe obe etc’

Bradley was hosting the event at the Royal Albert Hall (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Some viewers were left ‘cringing’ (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

Fan @jonathan18234943 complained: ‘I do hope @BradleyWalsh whole act isn’t going to be about asking for a knighthood, yes I know he’s partially joking but still I wish we could go back to the no talking to the royals in your act.’

‘Could Bradley Walsh be any more embarrassing, begging like that #Cringe,’ blasted fan @NorthWest1981, as @srobbo69 added: ‘Bradley Walsh’s just not funny! Cringe worthy start to show. Think he’s just gone to back of the list #RoyalVariety’

And another X (formerly Twitter) user wrote: ‘Agreed, normally love Bradley Walsh, but begging for gong is embarrassing.’

Elsewhere in his set, Bradley greeted the ‘royal highnesses’ as he pretended to stumble over his words while William and Kate laughed at the quip.

He joked: ‘It doesn’t sound right, your royal highnessesses? There’s too many ‘ssessess’, innit? Your royal highness… your royal highnessesses?

‘It should be like cactus, cactussess, cacti. Your royal highness, highnessess and highni. That’s it. I’ve got it. Your royal highni.’

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