Prince William gives ex his blessing to audition for The Voice

Prince William gives ex his blessing to audition for The Voice

Britain's Prince William gave ex-girlfriend Rose Farquhar his blessing to audition for The Voice.

Rose, 31, dated the Duke of Cambridge for several months back in 2000, and is described as the royal's first love. Her passion for singing saw her decide to try her luck on the BBC talent show, but she was keen to ask William for permission before taking part.

“She said she asked his permission and, of course, he gave her his blessing," a source told The Sun newspaper.

The pair are said to remain close and they often see each other at society events and weddings. However, Rose decided not to capitalise on her royal link ahead of her audition, and kept her friendship with William a secret until after filming the programme.

"It was only later she admitted she used to date William," the source added.

Viewers will see Rose's audition, in which she performs Dusty Springfield’s Anyone Who Had a Heart, on Saturday night's episode of The Voice (20Feb16).

Belting out the track in front of judges Boy George, Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am, Rose admitted it felt "insane" to be so close to the famous foursome and perform in front of them.

Rose's day job sees her promoting brands such as Harrods and Land Rover, with Paloma commenting that her profession sounded very grown up.

“I’m officially an adult," Rose replies.

The Voice is the second television talent contest Rose has applied for, after she auditioned for How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? in 2006.

She had to undergo reconstructive surgery as a youngster after a riding accident in which a horse kicked her in the face, and told the judges that singing has helped her regain her confidence.

“I’ve sung since I was little," she added. "It makes me tick.”

- Cover Media