Corleone met the queen in 2007 at the Royal Variety Performance, an annual event in which the royal family watches and during which the winner of that year’s “Britain’s Got Talent” performs.
“On that night the queen was there, so I went along and fortunately got to meet her backstage, I mean, it was amazing,” he said.
On Thursday night, the reality star told Jimmy Kimmel about his encounter with the high priest. He was one of the first personalities to appear on late-night television following news of the queen’s death.
On Thursday, “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell reminisced about the time he met Queen Elizabeth 15 years ago.
On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, JOHNSON KIMMEL recently asked Cowell if he remembered his conversation with the late king. He laughed and said, “No, she didn’t talk to me. She had no idea who I was actually.”
Cowell said he was “in awe because you’re told what to say or what not to say more importantly, blah, blah, blah. But it’s like, my God, I’ve actually met the queen. It was amazing.”
Kimmel joked that he couldn’t picture Cowell, who is notorious for speaking his mind, keeping quiet if told not to say anything.
The former “American Idol” judge said, “on that night I was very well-behaved.”
The man said that, even though he was sure the queen hadn’t watched any of his British talent shows, Prince Harry enjoyed “The X Factor” and used to come hang out in his dressing room while the show aired. He called Harry the kindest person he’d ever met.
“Did they not have cable at the palace?” asked Kimmel.
Cowell told Kimmel that he believed after the American host asked if “prominent Brit.” might be an accurate descriptor of himself, that he wouldn’t be invited to the queen’s funeral.
“If I got the invite, yes, of course, I’d go but no they’re not going to invite me, Jimmy,” he balked.
“Is it rude to put in a call?”
“You don’t ask to go to a funeral, you have to be invited.” Cowell said.
Kimmel joked, “I don’t know what the protocol is, I’m not British,”
“While we’re on TV, I’ll go, please, if you invite me, but I don’t think I will [be invited],” Cowell said.
During the opening of his show, Jimmy Kimmel mentioned Queen Elizabeth’s death, describing her as “rock” and offering Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a contrast to the late queen.
Simon Cowell said that it was “amazing.” to meet the queen in 2007.
“After all those years, this week she saw Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine and said ‘Ok! I’ve had enough.’ So we send positive thoughts to our friends in the U.K. and also to the American aunts who are obsessed with the royal family for reasons I will never understand,” he joked, mentioning a video from the Venice Film Festival that looked to some as if Styles had expectorated in Pine’s direction. A rep for Styles has denied it was saliva.
On Thursday, Cowell wrote a tribute to the queen on his Twitter, saying that he was “incredibly sad” to hear of her passing.
“With incredible strength she was someone who loved her country and was able to lead with so much love. I feel very lucky that in my lifetime we have had a Monarch who managed to balance great leadership, tradition and progression. I would like to send my respects to her family during this time.”
In 2009, two years after his royal meeting, Cowell alleged that the queen had “ignored” of him, according to Marie Claire. Buckingham Palace denied it at the time.
“It was actually embarrassing,” Cowell revealed to Jay Leno in 2009. “She came on at the end of the show. She ignored me and her husband called me a sponger. It was a bit awkward.”
At the time, the palace said: “The Queen had to meet a huge line-up of people at the performance and can’t engage every person at every event. But she doesn’t ignore people.” The palace also denied his claim about Philip.
Queen Elizabeth died “peacefully” on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, at the age of 96.
Timothy is a senior writer based in Atlanta, specializing in celebrity-related news. She is always ready to cover trending TV stories with an unbiased perspective and a pinch of gossip.