Celebrities reveal what King Charles is really like and share awkward encounters

We’d love to be a fly on the wall at a royal event – luckily for us, some celebrities have spilled the beans on what King Charles III is actually like.

Sure, we know quite a lot about the King, given that he’s lived a public life and was heir to the throne for over seven decades, but what is he like behind closed doors?

Well, the monarch has quite the collection of celebrity friends, from actors to footballing legends, and he’s had countless encounters with stars in his time, whether he’s dishing out OBEs or attending a fundraiser.

In honour of the coronation, we look to the celebs who’ve spent time with the King and have shared an insight into his character.

Jay Blades 

The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades met the King while filming a special episode of the BBC show, which Jay presents.

King Charles starred in the episode in celebration of the BBC’s centenary, bringing along his own special heirlooms in need of restoration.

His reaction was heartwarming, as the team breathed new life into pottery made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and an 18th Century clock.

Speaking about meeting the King, Jay – who received an MBE in 2021 – admitted that they were just like old friends.

‘Working with King Charles, well he was the Prince of Wales then and now King Charles III, I couldn’t believe that someone from a council estate and someone from a royal estate… we just got on like a house on fire,’ he told PA at the NTAs.

He added that people genuinely thought they ‘knew each other from years ago’ because of how well they got on.

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Jay, 53, added that the King was ‘so relaxed’ on set, feeling even like ‘protocols were out of the window.’

‘We talk to each other, we’re laughing, we’re just having a great time.’

Carol Vorderman

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman has long been a supporter of the royals, hailing the King when he ascended to the throne with an Instagram tribute, in which she praised him for caring about young people’s issues ‘decades before it was popular.’

Carol, an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, has met the King and his wife Camilla many times, but one particular interaction involved the then-Prince quizzing her on her clothing choices.

The presenter, 62, was attending a Pride Of Britain reception at Clarence House when the royal approached her.

Carol had a broken wrist at the time, resulting in her having to do everything one-handed on Countdown, so she decided to wear something to hide her ‘grubby’ cast from his view – but he mistook her fashion statement for something else.

The I’m A Celebrity star previously explained that she used opaque tights over the top, after cutting the toes off, confusing the King to no end.

‘He said to me, “Oh Carol, are you going to an event later?”,’ she recalled.

‘You’re wearing ball gloves.’

Unable to stop laughing, she told him: ‘Oh no, I’ve cut a pair of tights off. They are washed though, don’t you worry.’

Sir Ben Kingsley

Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley met the King during the 40th-anniversary celebrations for The Prince’s Trust in 2016.

He later described the King as someone with the ‘unique combination’ of having ‘enormous compassion, without ego.’

Sir Ben, 79, went on to praise the King’s approach to his work, telling PA: ‘It’s not throwing money at the problem, it’s throwing intelligence and care and affection, and I think at the centre of it is HRH’s profound affection for what he does and the people for whom he does it.’

Sir Trevor McDonald

Broadcasting legend Sir Trevor McDonald – who was knighted in 1999 for services to journalism – has had nothing but good words to say about the King.

Sir Trevor interviewed him in 2006 for the documentary The Prince of Wales: Up Close, later saying the King told him that he often felt ‘misrepresented.’

Praising the royal not long after he became King, the 83-year-old told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the country is ‘terribly fortunate’ to have a monarch who ‘took part in a conversation that is now universally recognised as very important about the planet in which we all live.’

‘We know there is a King on the throne who has led this conversation, who has a deep understanding of all the issues involved and I think that is a matter of great good fortune for our country and for the Commonwealth,’ he praised.

‘I was fortunate enough to do a documentary about him and his duties in the family and he said, “You know, I am probably a little misrepresented at times.”

‘What I remember about it is he said, “What people don’t understand is that I have a profound love for this country and I would do my duty’”, and that is what we have seen in glorious colour. He will be a great King.’

Sir Trevor added that the King’s ‘profound love and respect for the job, and respect of what his mother Queen Elizabeth did’ will ‘guide him through.’

‘He will take a very practical approach to some of these problems and he will be a great encourager, he will want to talk to people involved.’

Luke Evans

Actor Luke Evans actually once bonded with the King over… vampires.

The Welsh star, 44, who is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, has met the ‘charming’ royal on multiple occasions over the years, but it was their first encounter that made an impression on Luke.

‘I remember the first time I spoke to him, I was super nervous,’ he told The Jonathan Ross Show, as anyone would be.

‘I had just finished filming Dracula Untold in which I played Vlad Țepeș. He came up to me and said, “What are you working on at the moment?” and I said, “I’ve just finished a movie about Vlad Țepeș who turns into Dracula.” And he went, “Funnily enough, I’m related to Vlad Țepeș.”’

Luke exclaimed: ‘I thought he was joking! He went through his lineage to Vlad.’

Indeed, the King is related to Vlad the Impaler, who ruled the Romanian region of Wallachia with a brutal regime, known for killing his enemies and gaining his nickname thanks to his tendency to impale them with wooden stakes.

The King is a real-life descendant of the man who is considered the original inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as Vlad is technically the King’s great-grandfather 16 times removed through Queen Mary of Teck, consort of George V (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather).

Every day’s a school day!

Drew Barrymore

According to Drew Barrymore, King Charles is so jokes.

The actress met the King at the premiere of her remake of Charlie’s Angels in London back in 2000 Drew revealed and ended up having dinner with him, which she said was ‘so fun.’

However, ‘a lot of mayhem ensued.’

Speaking candidly to Hilary and Chelsea Clinton on her talk show, Drew, 48, told the story of accidentally groping her co-star, Lucy Liu.

As she stood in between the King and her fellow actress, she made an attempt to hug His Majesty… but placed her hand over Lucy’s breast instead.

‘I didn’t mean to!’ she exclaimed, adding: ‘There’s other pictures of him laughing hysterically, he’s so funny.’

Oh, Drew!

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