Posted: 09:32 GMT, Dec. December 2020 | Updated: 09:32 GMT, Jan. December 2020

Joanna Lumley says Prince Charles and Camilla made her “so welcome” when she visited Clarence House to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for a charity video

The 74-year-old Absolutely Fabulous star joined a number of A-list stars including Daniel Craig and Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to raise awareness for the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF)

Joanna appeared on Good Morning Britain today and said that she, Dame Maggie and Tom Hardy were lucky enough to visit the Duke and Duchess’ royal residence and that it was more like a “family home” than a palace

She said that Clarence House had a “warm and friendly feeling” and that while the royals and other actors were separated due to Covid restrictions, she was very comfortable at the palace

Prince Charles (pictured) and Duchess Camilla of Cornwall were joined by James Bond stars Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench, as well as a number of A-list stars, to “Twas The Night Before Christmas” for charity to tell

Pictured Joanna Lumley was one of the stars of the festive video, which was partially shot at Clarence House

The Duchess of Cornwall offered royal fans a glimpse of the corridor that Joanna Lumley captured in a video shared last week

When asked if she would like to film the Christmas story, she said, “It was the stairs in the Clarence house, Dame Judy made hers from home, Daniel Craig was in a secret Bond hideout, but this one The rest of us went to the Clarence House

Lady Maggie was in the morning room, Tom Hardy and I and the Duchess and Prince of Cornwall were gathered around the stairs with the Christmas tree, but all sad at different times’

She continued: “It was so much fun and the Prince and Duchess made us so welcome there. It was a lovely family house with Christmas trees and such.

‘It had such a warm and friendly feel, not scary, not like a palace, just like a cute family home’

The Prince of Wales read the famous opening lines of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem: ‘It was the night before Christmas when no creature moved in the house, not even a mouse’

Charles is the patron saint of the ABF and came up with the idea of ​​bringing a group of actors together for the reading after being approached by the charity to pursue Covid-19’s huge impact on the acting profession

Joanna called the prince “great” and stated that he “always loved” the arts and that he had several actor friends

‘He’s great,’ she said, ‘he was an actor when he was a schoolboy, he acted in school plays, he always loved drama

The Royals are reading from the classic Christmas story to draw attention to the Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF), which has received more requests for help this year than ever before Camilla is pictured

‘He’s always gone backstage in places like the Royal Shakespeare Company, he’s friends with actors and remembers he’s a great public speaker but he absolutely loves it and I thought he started right off’

The ABF supports actors, actresses and stage managers who are unable to work due to illness, injury or old age and who are suffering from financial difficulties

Speaking about the prince raising awareness for fun, Joanna continued, “The Prince of Wales is quite extraordinary, he is very involved in the arts, personally he always goes to the theater

Sex education star Ncuti Gatwa (left) and Tom Hardy (right) also appeared in the video posted on social media today

‘He was desperate about the plight of the performers and also backstage, the people who were hardest hit because there was no vacation, they don’t have props, they’re all freelancers – so this year has been really thin ‘

Before the pandemic, the ABF mainly supported those of retirement age, but in 2020 they largely helped the 18- to 47-year-olds

In April, the charity launched an Emergency Grant Fund to help those who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic

Charles and Camilla have been supporting the arts and entertainment sectors in the last difficult period

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