Artists including Adele, Elton John and Harry Styles have reportedly rejected the offer to perform at King Charles III’s upcoming coronation.
The Spice Girls and Robbie Williams are among the other acts who have declined invitations to put on a show at the momentous ceremony, Rolling Stone reported Wednesday.
While most of the musicians declined to explain why they would not take the stage, a rep for John confirmed to the magazine that the legendary Piano Man, 75, had been asked but could not attend due to scheduling issues.
Reps for the artists did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.
Experts believe no one wants to perform because they therefore would be associated with the scandal-scarred monarchy.
“The royal family has faced a number of PR disasters in recent times, and anyone performing at the show would have to consider whether there would be a backlash from appearing amongst their fans,” Simon Jones, a publicist for Little Mix, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, told Rolling Stone in the article.
Others feel that aligning with Charles, 74, would not benefit their careers at this time.