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Phil Collins pulls out of event with Prince William due to illness

Phil Collins has been forced to pull out of an engagement with Prince William at Kensington Palace this evening due to illness.

The British singer and songwriter was scheduled to appear alongside The Duke of Cambridge at a star-studded fundraising event hosted by Centrepoint, a leading homeless charity.

Luckily, a replacement was quickly found for Mr Collins in the form of Conor Maynard, a 23-year-old singer from Brighton and Hove who won MTV’s Brand New in 2012.

A variety of musicians will be performing at Kensington Palace, including Ellie Goulding, Craig David and Dirty Vegas.

The aim of the evening os to try and raise a grand total of £1 million for Centrepoint. All of the money raised will go to the charity to help young homeless people find a safe place to stay, as well as helping with education and work.

The charity also conducts research as well as influencing government policies, with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.

At the event on Thursday evening, a VIP guest will be chosen to receive The Centrepoint Youth Inspiration Award; previous winners include musician Jon Bon Jovi and tennis star Novak Djokovic.

His Royal Highness will also meet Centrepoint supporters and young people who the charity has helped. Prince William will also deliver a short speech about the charity’s work and present the awards, including the Centrepoint Youth Inspiration Award.

William has always been able to enlist the help of famous singers to help highlight causes close to his heart.

In 2007, the Prince invited popstars Fergie and Nelly Furtado to perform at the ‘Concert for Diana’ which was in honour of his late mother, the Princess of Wales.

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