The King has been hailed by a popular DJ while holding his first official reception at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Record producer Shahid Khan, 41, who goes by the name Naughty Boy, met with King Charles and Camilla during the reception which saw 300 guests gather at the palace. He was one of the first guests to meet the monarch in the palace’s Great Gallery. The songwriter and musician was a controversial figure at last year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here as result of a number of arguments.
The King and the Queen Consort met with around 300 members of the British south-east Asian community at the reception on Monday to recongise the contributions they have made to the country.
The DJ, who has worked with big celebrity names including Beyonce and Emeli Sande, said Charles is “what the country needs right now” as the pair discussed his 68-year-old mother Zahida.
Naughty Boy, 41, said: “My mum’s in hospital at the moment and she said to tell the King he will always have a mum in her because she loves the royal family, and he said to send his love to her.
“It was nice because it’s human, and I really, really feel this King is like a people’s King. It’s quite evident. And that’s what this country needs right now.”
Naughty Boy has discussed his mother’s dementia diagnosis before after he became her full-time carer during the pandemic.
The record producer is known for his hit single with Sam Smith titled La La La and he was a contestant on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity programme last year as production ditched Australia for Wales after Covid restrictions.
The DJ threatened to leave after a number of arguments with campmates but managed to make it to day 16 of the show before being given the boot.
Wearing two glitzy diamond rings, the musician also spoke with Camilla.
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There were guests present from British Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bhutanese and Maldivian heritage from across the UK.
Bobby Nwanze, chairman of the BAME Network at City of Edinburgh Council and a freelance sports reporter, hailed it as a “great afternoon”.
“I think we can honestly say the country’s changing, it’s very much changing in terms of diversity, opportunity and also inclusion,” said the 33-year-old.