Sheku Kanneh-Mason pictured as he performs at The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham City Centre (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)
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A musician who played the cello at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding had his passport cancelled by the Home Office due to a "human error" in the application process.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 22, sent off his British passport after applying for an additional passport to assist with applications for visas and international work permits.
The musician, who was born and raised in Nottingham, said his original passport – which had an expiry date of 2029 – was returned cancelled.
The cellist, who won the BBC’s Young Musician award in 2016, said he had no explanation as to why it was cancelled and received no response when he tried to contact the Home Office.
The musician's passport was returned cancelled
He added that his sister Isata Kanneh-Mason, an award-winning pianist, submitted the same paperwork at the same time as him, but she received both the original and new passports.
Mr Kanneh-Mason, whose father is Antiguan and mother is from Sierra Leone, yesterday published a photo of the cancelled passport on social media, calling on the Home Office and Priti Patel to clarify what happened.
He wrote: "Applied for an additional British Passport with the approval of Home Office to assist with applications for visas and international work permits in this post # Brexit #Covid world along with my sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.
This morning, he confirmed he received his new passport
"Appointments 15 mins apart, identical paperwork submitted. She receives original passport and second one within a week. Mine comes back cancelled 10th June (expiry 2029).
"Since then, despite constant calls I have NO explanation, NO forthcoming assistance and NO way of playing the engagements I am contracted to play. Ideas appreciated asap please."
This morning Mr Kanneh-Mason published an update confirming he has now received his new passport, with the caption: "Thank you for all your help and support."
The young musician has been playing the cello since he was six
(Image: Nottingham Post)
When contacted by The Mirror, the Home Office said there was a mistake in the paperwork and apologised for the error, confirming Mr Kanneh-Mason has received his new passport.
A Home Office spokesperson said: "We apologise to Mr Kanneh-Mason for any inconvenience caused as a result of this incident, which was due to human error.
"We have now issued him with a replacement passport."
He played the cello at Meghan Markle's wedding
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018
(Image: Getty Images)
The young musician was just 19 when he performed at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19, 2018.
At the time, he said on Twitter : “It was such an awesome moment – just really incredible to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan at their wedding!
“The atmosphere was amazing and I’m proud to have played a small part in the celebrations. It’s a day I will remember for the rest of my life.”
The musician has been playing the cello since he was six, having briefly also played the violin.
When he won 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award, he became the first black musician to win the award since its launch in 1978.