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The Relatable Reason Dolly Parton Turned Down Tea with Kate Middleton

The "Jolene" singer had a very logical explanation. 

By Jackie Manno

Dolly Parton and Kate Middleton almost had a royal tea date... but it never came to be. 

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In an interview with BBC Radio 2, the country star revealed that the Princess of Wales had invited her to get some tea together, but Parton unfortunately could not attend due to something many of us can relate to: Being overbooked. Her schedule being too busy while promoting her upcoming rock and roll album Rockstar.

"I felt so bad," Paton said. "I couldn’t even because they had all this stuff set up, but I thought that was very sweet and nice of her to invite me to tea.”

The ten-time Grammy winner then joked about another reason why she couldn't meet up with Middleton: “She wasn’t going to promote my rock album, so I had to say no."

As for her recent endeavors, Parton appeared on the Season 23 Finale of The Voice to sing one of her greatest hits, "I Will Always Love You" to give a nod to Blake Shelton's last episode. 

Split images of Kate Middleton and Dolly Parton.

"Just know that I will always love you," Parton sang to Shelton. "You're not really retiring, are you? Just from the show? You 'ole G.O.A.T You'll do as you please, anyway!"  she jokingly added. 

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Dolly Parton's Queen cover for the 2024 Olympics

This July, Parton collaborated with NBC to release an epic cover and an accompanying music video of the hits "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions" by Queen to promote the 2024 Paris Olympics. The music video featured her sitting on a stadium and in front of the Eiffel Tower while a crowd joined in.

Dolly Parton

“I love the Olympics! I do my best to plan my schedule to watch as much of it as I possibly can,” Parton said in a press release. “I tape it just in case I miss the live action on a certain day and watch it back as soon as possible. I laugh, I cry, I scream, there are no losers in the Olympics as they have all spent a lifetime preparing but I celebrate with the ones that go away with the gold, silver, and bronze medals.”

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Dolly Parton's recent Emmy nominations

Meanwhile, Parton's hit tv special Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas recently received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes For A Limited Or Anthology Series or Movie. 

"I just feel like that it was time for me to do another special like this, with good music, with comedy, with meaningful things," Parton told People of the project. "And to kind of make you feel entertained for a couple hours just to get away from everything else."

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