Flub during cloudy day has silver lining for singer

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Meaghan Blanchard will be performing at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on Saturday, July 9 at 1 p.m. on the main stage and 8 p.m. in the kitchen party tent. Brad Paisley is the headliner that day.

Meaghan Blanchard

Meaghan Blanchard can’t believe they’re talking about her in India.

It would be an understatement to say the 22-year-old P.E.I. country singer feels bad.

Blanchard was on one of three stages full of local artists Monday at Dalvay by the Sea set to perform for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

With the eyes of the world on her, when she went to welcome the Royal couple, instead of referring to William as 'Duke’ she said ‘Dootch’.

“That did not just happen,’’ Blanchard said to the crowd immediately after the flubbed greeting.

The slip up has been reported around the world since then, with media outlets as far away as India talking about it.

“I was up all night rehearsing it and I woke up (Monday morning) and I was going over it and it went perfect during the two rehearsals,’’ Blanchard said Tuesday, a day she said was full of media interviews.

All that practice went out the window when she saw William and Kate standing right in front of her.

“I think when I saw both of them there, I guess I thought Duchess when I said Duke and I just said Dootch. I was going for a mix of the two words,’’ she said with nervous laughter.

“Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches, especially when you play music.’’

Blanchard said she knew her greeting came out wrong the second she said it.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, this has to be a dream’. As much how I envisioned it happening it is definitely not how I expected it to go.’’

Easing the tension of the moment was the reaction of the Royal couple.

William immediately burst out laughing and his wife, Kate, also started to laugh, walking over to William and giving him as playful slap on the shoulder.

“Thank goodness for that. I was worried,’’ Blanchard said. “It helped ease the tension. That’s one of the more internationally embarrassing moments I’ve ever had.’’

Blanchard bounced back from the slipup to perform the self-penned ‘Waltzing with You’, a song she wrote in tribute to her grandparents. She felt the romantic ballad would be appropriate to perform for the newlyweds.

She has also received an outpouring of support from the Island’s music community.

“I’m lucky. I was on stage with all of my friends,’’ Blanchard said, referring to the likes of Stephanie Cadman and Richard Wood. “After it was over, they all came up to me and they were giving me kisses and hugs. We’re a really good community here on P.E.I.’’

The singer said she hasn’t had the chance to see how the slipup has affected traffic to her website.

“I’ve been getting calls all day.’’

If there was a silver lining in it, it would be that the hilarity of the moment brought some levity to a crowd that was soaked from heavy rain.

“Maybe it’s a good thing I broke the tension,’’ she laughed.

Geographic location: India.It, India

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  • george stewart
    July 11, 2011 - 00:33

    I heard the song today and love it, You were nervous....it's not everyday that you perform for royalty. I heard Duchhe..a mash up from Duke and Dutchess....anyone that hears it otherwise is reading into it.

  • THE DOOTCHBAG
    July 06, 2011 - 15:40

    PRINCE WILLIAM DINE AND DASHED AT MAID MARIANS.

  • Islander through and through
    July 06, 2011 - 11:46

    Nothing to lose sleep or worry over. Everybody makes little goofs and this is just a minor insignificant one. Meaghan, all of us who are deep rooted Islanders are so VERY proud of you that we won't even think about or remember this!

  • cool
    July 06, 2011 - 09:47

    Cute story. Wasn't William's mother's nickname as a young girl DUTCH .. check it out. How hilarious if Dutch's son gets the nickname Dootch.

  • Billy
    July 06, 2011 - 07:04

    It must be nice to be known the world over for calling our future king a dootch bag! No mention of her singing talents?

  • Second thought....
    July 06, 2011 - 06:33

    Nathan best to leave it as it is...Meaghan did a wonderful recovery as usual. Because, although 'il Duce' can mean, the leader it is used in history mostly when applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.

  • Nathan
    July 05, 2011 - 22:20

    Doesn't "Il Duce" mean "The Duke" anyway? No harm done! It's something to laugh about years down the road.

  • Lynn Herrell
    July 05, 2011 - 21:40

    Heard about this little"Flub" from Aunt Anne.....She was lucky enough to get you on tape.(so we can watch it over and over again) lol, just kidding Megs. We are so proud of you. What an honor to be able to play for royalty...Sending love your way! xoxo Auntie Lynn