Bernard and the Dutch Grand Prix are under fire after the Chef’special squad reported that the Prince had asked if the group wanted to give free performances to Formula 1 in Zandvoort. According to DGP, more artists have been contacted for this request. Davina Michele, who will sing the national anthem on September 5, said Friday that she would only do so if other artists were paid.
According to Lammers, “Many celebrities and artists would approach me if they could do something at the Grand Prix. They see it as a unique opportunity to be in the middle of the action.” DGP’s sports director confirms that the singers’ squad members will get paid. “The artists we contacted have a healthier income than other band members. Most of them are related to motorsports.”
The sporting director describes it as “cheap” to hit Prince Bernard “every time” and their own “setback”. “Look at the facts, what happens to us. We get zero euros in support and we have to host 315,000 people. We will have to deal with a setback of 10 million.”
Prince Bernhard said on Friday he didn’t want to explain all the fuss. He only said in a short statement via RTL presenter Humberto Tan that he regretted the fuss and that he shouldn’t have sent the messages. RTL announced that Prince himself did not want to sit at the table giving a text and an explanation.