20 Celebrities Recounting Their Best (and Most Awkward) Interactions With the Royal Family
As much as we all love to talk, write, and read about them, the British royals are a family that, let's be honest, we don't know an awful lot about. As they don't give interviews and rarely talk about themselves (with some exceptions), it can be hard to imagine what the queen, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and the rest of the royal family are like, but that's where celebrities come in.
Over the years, some of our favorite A-listers have had the chance to meet, talk to, and even dine with the royals, and they seem to enjoy talking about those incredible moments as much as we like to hear about them. (I mean, who wouldn't want to talk about sitting next to Queen Elizabeth at dinner?) So grab a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits, because we've rounded up 20 videos of celebs talking about their royal encounters — and you'll want to watch them all.
One Direction on Meeting Kate and William
The boys of One Direction recounted how "unnatural" their meeting with Kate and William was.
Margot Robbie on Meeting Prince Harry
Margot Robbie ended up at a party with Prince Harry, and she met him in the most casual way.
Allison Janney on Meeting Kate Middleton
Allison Janney may or may not have broken protocol when she met Kate Middleton at the BAFTA Awards in London.
David Duchovny on Meeting Prince Charles
David Duchovny met Prince Charles in the '90s and told James Corden how he ended up having to explain what "booty call" means to the future king of England.
Reese Witherspoon on Meeting Kate Middleton
Reese Witherspoon got to meet Kate Middleton at a fundraiser and got adorably excited. I mean, who wouldn't?
Matt Smith on Meeting Prince Harry
Matt Smith might not "officially" be part of the royal family, but he's met Prince Harry twice.
Kate Winslet on Meeting the Queen
According to Kate Winslet, the queen has "the most incredible skin and beautiful, beautiful bouncy hair."
Tom Hanks and Simon Pegg on Meeting the Queen
While Tom Hanks had a lovely dinner with the queen, Simon Pegg remembers thinking that he "broke her."
Shawn Mendes on Meeting the Queen, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle
Shawn Mendes had the chance to sing for the queen's birthday, but his meeting with the British monarch was a bit more awkward than expected.
Emilia Clarke on Meeting Prince William
Emilia Clarke's meeting with Prince William did not really go as planned.
Ben Affleck on His Son Playing With Prince George and Princess Charlotte
Ben Affleck had "some experience with the royals" when he and his children ended up spending an afternoon at the same kidnasium as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Gwendoline Christie on Meeting Prince Harry and Prince William
Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Gwendoline Christie were lucky enough to be invited to a party at the palace.
Michael Sheen on Meeting the Queen
Michael Sheen had a rough encounter with the queen.
Lewis Hamilton on Having Dinner With the Queen
Lewis Hamilton was lucky enough to be invited for lunch at the palace and sat right next to the queen.
Kunal Nayyar on Meeting the Queen
Kunal Nayyar was understandably quite nervous when he met the queen.
Matt Smith on Meeting Prince William
When Prince William was told that Matt had been cast as Prince Philip in The Crown, he told the actor that he was about to play a "legend."
Rupert Everett on Having a Night Out With Princess Margaret
In the '80s, Rupert Everett went to the theater with Princess Margaret and her lady in waiting.
Will.i.Am on Meeting Prince William
Will.i.Am met Prince William and even got the chance to take a photo with him.
Minnie Driver on Meeting the Queen
Sure, Minnie Driver met the queen, but she was mostly impressed by her lady in waiting.
Miranda Hart and Jack Whitehall on Going to School With Kate Middleton
Both Miranda and Jack went to the same schools as the Duchess of Cambridge.