Ellie Goulding's royal surprise

Ellie Goulding has admitted she was shocked to be asked to perform at the wedding of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Ellie Goulding's royal surprise

Ellie Goulding didn't believe that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge really wanted her to sing at their wedding.

The 28-year-old singer admitted she believed she was simply being used as a decoy to deflect media attention when she was first asked to perform at the royal nuptials in 2011.

She told The Times Magazine: "I thought, 'I'm definitely a decoy'. Had I been asked now, maybe I wouldn't be as surprised. It was a really cool night, I played a mash-up of my songs and songs they wanted."

Ellie previously revealed she struggled to keep the secret that she was performing at the reception hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

She said: "In the weeks before, everyone I know was talking about the wedding, and I was trying not to say anything. I kept it to myself for so long - but no one would have believed me anyway."

Speaking about the royals, she added: "I talked to William and Kate quite a bit. They're just a really awesome couple, lovely people, so I understand why people are fascinated by them.

"It was a really beautiful night. But then, I haven't been to many weddings."

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