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Emmerdales Marlon Dingle had no idea about King Charles message

Emmerdale's Marlon had 'no idea' about King Charles' message

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Emmerdale star Mark Charnock has confirmed he was genuinely surprised by the video message from King Charles III. The monarch congratulated the soap for its 50 years on ITV screens at the National Television Awards.

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, after a successful night at the National Television Awards, Mark opened up on his shock after witnessing King Charles’ well-wishes.

Kate Garraway quizzed the actor on how he felt after seeing the image of the King on the huge screen at the prestigious event.

She remarked: “The thing that caught my daughter, who was at any kind of big event for the first time, was that you’d landed the king to talk about Emmerdale.”

Ben Shephard interjected, asking: “Could things get any more surreal?”, Kate asked: “I mean, he just burst onto our screen – wasn’t it a surreal moment?”

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Mark, who’s portrayed Marlon Dingle for over 25 years, replied: “Well none of us knew, it was a genuine thing.”

“I imagine the team upstairs might have known, but we had no idea.”

He continued: “So, when Joel Dommett said ‘So we have a VT from the King’, I thought he was an impressionist.”

At the time, Mark described how he pretended to laugh until it dawned on him the monarch was indeed celebrating their huge milestone.

He also reflected on the detail of the speech from the King, adding: “It was so nice what he said, I’ve just decided he watches it, every episode.”

In the two-minute clip, the King praised the beliefs of the soap and what it’s portrayed over the years and even showed his sense of humour too.

Host Joel Dommett introduced the clip, but suffered a minor slip-up when announcing it to the audience.

He accidentally confused the King with his previous title of the Prince of Wales, but attempted to make amends by pointing out the video was recorded before he succeeded the Queen.

In the message, King Charles declared: “I am delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale and I am afraid I am so old I can remember when it was called Emmerdale Farm, owned by the Sugdens.

“It is a testament to all the hard work of its production team that it has since become such a major British export with hundreds of thousands of fans from Scandinavia to New Zealand all keen to follow what is left of the Sugdens and their new neighbours.”

His Royal Highness also displayed his genuine affection for the soap too.

The King added: “What makes Emmerdale so special is it has kept true to its vision of its original writer, Kevin Laffan who wanted to demonstrate that farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life.

“On a daily basis, Emmerdale continues to depict what life is really like for those who work the land and protect our precious countryside.”

The way the soap highlights “the long-term sustainability of the way we produce our food”, was praised by the famed environmentalist too.

The special clip from the Royal capped off a memorable night for Mark and the cast of Emmerdale.

Mark scooped the award for best serial drama performance and the show walked away with the best serial drama gong.

The National Television Awards is available to watch on ITV Hub

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