Dizzee Rascal: ‘I threatened to punch Prince Harry’

Rapper reveals bizarre meeting with royal at London festival

Dizzee Rascal has revealed how he threatened to punch Prince Harry when the two met backstage at London‘s Wireless festival in July.

The rapper came face-to-face with Prince Harry, who is third in line to the throne, when he performed his headline set at the Hyde Park bash on July 4.

Dizzee Rascal told the Telegraph that a London gig promoter who was overseeing the prince’s day out at the festival was to thank for the meeting. He added that he had joked to the prince that he would punch him “in the face” during the private meeting.


“I never saw that one coming,” the rapper explained about the incident. “Prince Harry came in and was joking around and being a bit cheeky, so I told him ‘If you weren’t royalty I’d have punched you in the face by now’, and he seemed to like that. He’s a naughty boy, so he fits in.”

Dizzee then admitted that he considered the prince to be more of a hellraiser than him.

“[Prince Harry] and his mates are probably a bit wilder than us,” he said.

The prince initially approached singer Chrome and rapper Smurfie backstage, with the latter revealing that the Eton-educated royal had jokingly tried to “pull some boxing moves” on him, much to his bemusement.