A Buckingham Palace-approved lullaby for Prince George is the title track of a charity album of royal-themed music set for release, The Mail on Sunday has reported.
Sony Classical estimates at least 100,000 copies will be sold as it looks to take advantage of the popularity of the latest member of the royal family and help raise money for Cruse Bereavement Care.
The newspaper warned the label “risks being criticised” with only 50p of the sales of the album, which it reported is expected to retail at £8, going to the charity for grief sufferers, whose patron is the Queen.
But a Sony spokesman said the 1/16th percentage split was “normal” for charity releases.
Composed by the charity’s composer-in-residence Dr Olga Thomas-Bosovskaya, the lullaby for George is performed by Charlotte Jaconelli, the former opera singer and runner-up in 2012’s Britain’s Got Talent.
The album is also expected to include music composed for signature royal events in recent years, including a piece written for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and an instrumental inspired by the Royal Wedding.
A source told the newspaper the producer leading the project, Vera Bohl of music production company Studio Week, had to request permission from the Palace to use the music.
“They had to get approval from the Palace at the highest level,” the unnamed source said. “Charlotte Jaconelli had to be approved, along with the music, which was a private gift by Olga to the Royal Household.”
A Palace spokesman told the Mail on Sunday the royal family were aware of the project.