It was the news that shocked fans nationwide, as Brendan Cole revealed that he had been axed from Strictly Come Dancing.
There’s been little explanation as of yet as to why Brendan was dropped from the show. But speculation has been mounting recently that a recent royal encounter could well be to blame.
It has been reported that Strictly’s recent visit to Buckingham Palace saw an awkward situation arise for Brendan.
The judges and professional dancers headed to the palace for an event with the National Osteoporosis Society. There, they were greeted by avid fan, and patron of the society, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Allegedly, the dancers were all given a strict briefing not to dance with the royal – and instead to pair up with the older fans also in attendance at the event. It’s said that Craig Revel-Horwood was then to dance with Camilla, an old friend of his.
However, it’s been reported that Brendan instead headed straight for Camilla, and asked her to dance.
And The Sun claims that the move left bosses conflicted about Brendan’s strong personality, and thus, his future on the show.
A source reportedly told them, “It was the last straw, they saw he couldn’t be controlled.”
However, it seems Brendan has inadvertenly cleared up the rumours that this was the reason he was dumped from Strictly, with a social media post dating back to 23rd December.
The professional dancer shared a sweet picture of him and the Duchess at the event. And in the caption, he explained that he asked Camilla if it was okay to dance with her.
He shared the caption, ‘I love this. A asked the delightful Duchess of Cornwall if it was ok to ask her, to ask her to dance? Luckily she said yes to both. What a charming host and a wonderful day at #buckinghampalace . @bbcstrictly #strictly #osteoporosis’
A representative for the former Strictly star has also denied the claims, with a statement to the Mirror Online.
They said, “I can confirm that these assertions are absolutely, categorically untrue. There was no such brief from BBC.”
There is no suggestion the Duchess was unhappy with Brendan. The BBC have not yet commented on the speculation.
Whatever the reason, fans are certainly going to miss Brendan from this year’s series of the show.