A surprise from Kensington Palace Corrimal for rock’n’roller

STAR STRUCK: Johnny Devlin toured with The Beatles and The Everly Brothers in the 1960's, but one of his most fond achievements is receiving a letter from Kensington Palace. Picture: Adam McLean
STAR STRUCK: Johnny Devlin toured with The Beatles and The Everly Brothers in the 1960's, but one of his most fond achievements is receiving a letter from Kensington Palace. Picture: Adam McLean

When Johnny Devlin penned a song about his experience in London and all its beauty, he never imagined years later it would be let in royal hands.

When the nuptials were announced for His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle, the song came back to the Corrimal musician’s mind. It had never been released so Mr Devlin, 80, decided to gift it to the couple as a wedding present.

“I just thought that they were a lovely couple, very much in love,” he said.

“I said ‘look, further down the track if you felt like it you could it include it on an album … to raise money for whatever charity that you choose’.”

Johnny Devlin - Sea Of Heartbreak (1961)

Mr Devlin didn’t expect any return correspondence but to his surprise he received a letter of thanks from Kensington Palace this week.

“[They] very much appreciated your incredibly kind though, and were so touched that you took the trouble to send a gift,” wrote spokeswomen Claudia Spens.

The letter is to be framed and will sit alongside Mr Devlin’s rock’n’roll memorabilia – like a photo taken of him on tour with The Beatles.

Though he has lived in Australia since touring with the Everly Brothers in 1959, Mr Devlin was once known as New Zealand’s answer to Elvis Presley.