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Kate And William's Wedding Harpist Reveals How Chronic Fatigue Almost Ruined Her Glittering Career As A Royal Musician

Saturday 10 February 2018


From UK newspaper The Daily Mail:


Claire Jones
Claire Jones, now 33, pictured in the official
Clarence House photograph marking her
performance at the wedding of the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
(Photo: Pino Dell'Aquila)

Kate and William's wedding harpist reveals how chronic fatigue almost ruined her glittering career as a royal musician - after the illness left her bed-bound and too weak to wash herself

  • EXCLUSIVE: Harpist, Claire Jones performed at Kate and William's wedding
  • Musician had begun to fall ill in 2009, suffering fatigue and flu-like symptoms
  • Continued to fulfill commitments but often 'couldn't get out of bed for days'
  • After a seizure in A&E, she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME
  • For several months, Jones was left house-bound and unable to wash herself
  • The musician recovered slowly and 18 months ago, gave birth to her first child

By Jo Tweedy for MailOnline
9 February 2018
© Associated Newspapers Ltd

Nearly ten years ago, Claire Jones's career was reaching dizzying heights.

As the official harpist for the Prince of Wales, the talented classical musician spent her time jet-setting around the globe, performing to adoring crowds.

And in 2011, Jones, now 33 and living in London, was written into the history books when she played at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding reception at Buckingham Palace, in front of the royal family.

However, her stellar career was left in tatters after she developed debilitating flu-like symptoms and was so exhausted she would spend days in bed after a particularly intensive performance.

Claire was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFC), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a condition that affects around 250,000 people in the UK.


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