Dolly Parton once turned down tea with Kate Middleton

Not even the Princess of Wales could get an audience with the Queen of Country.

Dolly Parton, 77, recounted BBC Radio 2 that she received the invitation from Kate Middleton, 41, while she was in London on business but revealed she couldn’t make it.

“This time Lordy I was even invited to tea with Kate but I couldn’t even go,” she shared. “I thought it was very sweet and kind of her to invite me and one day I will – that would be great.”

The 9 to 5 singer went on to share the hilarious reason she turned down the royal.

“But she didn’t want to promote my rock album, so I had to say no,” she joked.

Parton also admitted that she wishes she had more time to explore the city, but ultimately she doesn’t have time.

“I love the people, the feeling of London. I unfortunately do not [get time to sightsee]. “I used to sit on the tour bus with my band when we planned it,” she explained.

Dolly Parton visits the Dolly Parton "rock star" Album Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 29, 2023 in London, England.
Dolly Parton at the Rockstar album press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 29, 2023 in London, England.
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The Princess of Wales invited Dolly Parton to tea – but she was turned down.
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The Queen of Country will release her first ever rock album entitled ‘Rockstar’ on November 17th. The album contains 30 tracks, including nine original songs by Parton and 21 covers of iconic rock songs with features from artists such as Miley Cyrus, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sting, Elton John, Stevie Nicks and more.

“I’m so excited to finally release my first rock ‘n’ roll album ‘Rockstar,'” Parton said in an interview opinion. “I feel very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time, and to be able to sing all of the iconic songs on the entire album was a boundless joy.” I hope everyone enjoys the album just as much fun as I do putting it together.”

The “Jolene” singer began recording the rock album after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Dolly Parton will release her debut rock album, Rockstar, on November 17th.
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She initially declined the nomination due to her background in country music and not rock — however, the RRHOF refused to remove her from the poll, the foundation says in an opinion“We are impressed by Dolly’s brilliant talent and pioneering spirit and are proud to have nominated her for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”

After learning that the RRHOF welcomes artists from different categories, Parton changed her stance and said she would accept the honor. She added that she “inspired me to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album in the future, which is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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