The Duchess of Kent, 89, reveals her penchant for rap music and says Eminem and Ice Cube are among her favorite artists in the genre
- The Duchess of Kent revealed her love for the rap music of Eminem and Ice Cube
- The 89-year-old royal said she has an open mind when it comes to music
- She said, “I love music…something that catches my ear on the radio”
The Duchess of Kent has revealed her penchant for rap music, with Eminem and Ice Cube among her favorite rap artists.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraphthe 89-year-old, who is married to the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, said she has an open mind when it comes to music.
“I will listen to anything,” she told the newspaper. ‘I love music. Something that catches my ear on the radio – I don’t really listen to records. If it makes me stomp, I’m happy.
The Duchess of Kent (pictured right) has revealed she is a rap fan and listens to Eminem and Ice Cube
Eminem performs onstage during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13 in Inglewood, California
Although the Duchess admitted she doesn’t “know everything [the] names of rappers, she had a thing for the Lose Yourself singer as well as the former NWA member.
“I even like beat boxing,” the Duchess added.
When she retired from the royal circuit, many thought the Duchess had become something of a recluse – but the truth was very different.
It later emerged that she had taught music at a public primary school in Hull – mostly anonymously, for 13 years.
Speaking on The Alan Titchmarsh Show in 2011, she described how she was known to her pupils at Wansbeck Primary School as “Mrs Kent”.
As a schoolgirl, she learned to play the piano, violin and organ, narrowly missing out on a place at the Royal Academy of Music.
She pursued her passion for music by completing her studies at Oxford and grew up dreaming of playing at Carnegie Hall.
Ice Cube performs during the BIG3 Playoffs on August 14 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
She said: “When I was teaching, the first thing I started to notice was the power of music as a stimulant for these children to give them confidence and self-belief. I started seeing this happen all the time.
“Some of the kids I taught didn’t necessarily become musicians, but the confidence it gave them, some joined the military, some went to college, which they might not have not be done otherwise.
“I’ve always loved talent, I love that tickle in your neck when you see talent and I started to realize that I was teaching very, very talented kids.”
In 1993, hearing the chef speak of the desperate need for a music teacher, the Duchess volunteered.
After teaching, the Duchess set up the music charity Future Talent in 2004 to “break down barriers, create opportunity and harness the power of music to transform lives across the UK”.
The Duchess has three children with her husband, the Duke of Kent – George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, Lady Helen Taylor and Lord Nicholas Windsor.
However, following the stillbirth of her fourth child in 1977, she suffered from recurring health problems.
Her withdrawal from the royal circuit later led to claims that she had become a recluse. Public appearances became even rarer after her decision to convert to Catholicism in 1994, the first senior royal to publicly convert since the Act of Establishment of 1701 was passed.
However, it was later revealed that the Duchess had in fact been busy working with UNICEF and then in Hull.