She’s the reigning Queen of Eurovision after winning the 2018 contest with her empowerment anthem “Toy”.
And since her victory Netta has won admirers around the world, including real life royal Prince William, who took time out of his tour of the Middle East to meet her in potential Eurovision 2019 host city Tel Aviv.
Netta said she’s “overwhelmed” by the encounter, during which the duo sampled “Gasoz” a local cherry sparkling water.
Describing the Duke of Cambridge as a “really chill guy”, the Israeli Eurovision winner says the duo had a wide ranging discussion on issues close to both their hearts including mental health.
“We talked about the way I changed how people feel here in Israel, and about self-esteem…and how positivity and setting a good example for people is really making a difference.”
As a souvenir she gave the Prince a looper, a musical device which formed a key part of her performances during Israel’s national selection Rising Star.
The star joked that she hopes the Prince will consider using it to enter Eurovision next year.
The Duke seemed less convinced by the idea: “You haven’t heard me sing – you wouldn’t like that!” The two met on the fourth day of his tour of the Middle East, which has included stops in Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
The trip has made him the first British Royal to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories.
Netta isn’t the only Israeli Eurovision star the Prince has met during his trip. He also met Eurovision 2005 contestant Shiri Maimon. We love a King with excellent taste in Israel Eurovision entries.
Prior to Netta’s win, her fourth place finish was Israel’s best result in the 21st century.
Prince William’s tour will draw to a close tomorrow after five days in the region.
Source: Guardian, Express, BBC News