The Duchess of Sussex’s first Christmas as a member of the royal family is set to be celebrated in an unusual way: a musical, titled “The Sixth In Line to be King and I”, based on her life will be aired on Radio 4 on New Year’s Day.
The 15-minute “Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired” comedy will see the programme’s regular cast – including Pippa Evans, who will play the Duchess, alongside Richie Webb and Dave Lamb – portray the new royal’s life to date and “look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring”.
The mini musical is one of two on the BBC Radio Christmas schedule – the other is “Eurostars”, inspired in style by the Eurovision Song Contest and featuring “our non-Brexit-obsessed counterparts on the continent as they look back on their action-packed 2018”.
Following the Duke and Duchess’s high-profile nuptials at Windsor Castle in May, they announced in October – as they embarked on a royal tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand – that they will welcome their first child next year. The Duchess has continued with a busy schedule of engagements since returning to London. She reportedly met with Michelle Obama this week, after the former first lady’s speech at Royal Festival Hall, when they are said to have discussed female empowerment, education and raising children. Education was also the topic of discussion when she had a meeting with academics at King’s College London on Wednesday, to talk about “how higher education can help build a better world”.