Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy has recalled his encounter with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry which, even a year on, is still ‘surreal’. The 38-year-old comedian – real-name Lee Ridley – appeared on Lorraine today to reflect on his first year in the spotlight following his historic win, beating musical comic Robert White to the £250,000.
Subsequently, Lost Voice Guy got to meet royals Harry and Meghan at the annual Royal Variety Show, where he was floored to learn the former Suits actress is a big fan. ‘They told me they were very much looking forward to seeing me perform, which was very surreal,’ the BGT champ told Lorraine. Perhaps the couple will be among those to catch Lost Voice Guy on his new UK tour, which he said will be mainly him answering ‘stupid questions’ about his disability. The star’s cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak and, in turn, he uses a voice synthesizer for his show.
‘Everyone has been really lovely since [winning Britain’s Got Talent] so it will be lovely to give something back to them,’ he enthused. Lost Voice Guy explained his unconventional comedy, which sees him ripping into his cerebral palsy on stage. ‘Joking about my condition helps me a lot,’ he said.
‘I’ve always seen the funny side of my disability and it’s always been important to me. I joke about my disability as a defense mechanism – if I laugh at me first no one else can laugh at me.’ Though, he stressed there have been huge developments with response to disability since he was younger. ‘But there’s still a lot of work to be done,’ Lost Voice Guy continued. ‘People still aren’t used to talking to someone with a disability on a regular basis.’ Lost Voice Guy was recently knocked out of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions in the biggest shock of the series – Alesha Dixon’s reaction said it all.