Prince Harry stars in Gary Barlow song for Queen's Jubilee

Prince Harry Photo: Olivier Douliery/PA Wire

Prince Harry is featured in a single that will be released to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Although he refused to sing on the track, former Take That star Gary Barlow did manage to persuade him to bang a tambourine.

The track, called Sing, was written by Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and also features the chart-topping Military Wives.

When it is released later this month it is expected to be the first chart single to feature a specially-recorded member of the Royal Family .

Gary Barlow (right) with Gareth Malone (left) and the Military Wives choir Credit: Decca Records/PA Wire

Harry recorded his contribution while he was visiting Jamaica - also one of the stopping points when Barlow travelled to various Commonwealth countries to compile the song.

The musician used his laptop as a portable studio to gather recordings from locations such as Australia, Kenya and the Solomon Islands.

The Prince features alongside a number of notable names including celebrated reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie and guitarist Ernest Ranglin, famed for playing on the Dr No soundtrack as well as the 60s hit My Boy Lollipop.

Prince Harry and Gary Barlow Credit: Decca Records/PA Wire

Barlow said he had become fond of Harry after meeting him a few times. "He's fun and relaxed and he's a really nice kid.

We caught him on his last day in Jamaica. We turned up and I asked him would he play on the record and he said 'I don't sing'. But I said 'no, no - I don't want you to sing, I want you to play the tambourine'. And so he said it'll cost you. Then we met him later on that night and he did the tambourine hit and we spun it into the track. He probably hasn't got a clue what he's part of just yet.

– GARY BARLOWE

Asked if the prince exhibited any musical talent, Barlow said simply: "No."

"He's a great guy Harry - a lot of people I met in Australia, he was their favourite. They loved him, especially the older women. I think he's one of the Queen's favourites as well," he added.

The track is credited to Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band, which includes 210 musicians from across the Commonwealth - one of the largest groups of musicians to appear on a UK single.

They include the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, young drummers from Kenya's Kibera slum and the Australian musician Gurrumul.

Sing will be given its first radio play on Chris Evans's breakfast show on Radio 2 at 8am today and will be released by Decca Records on May 28th.