British actor Eddie Redmayne has been doing press junkets for his latest movie, the first in a new Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and last night talked about his time at Eton College with Prince William.
Redmayne attended Eton with the Prince, where they were both prefects and played on the same rugby team.
The Oscar-winning actor revealed that the Prince was often a prized target on the rugby field.
“The thing about playing rugby with Prince William is that it was great for us, but you would go and want to play but all the people from the other schools would want to tackle him because they could go home and tell their families they tackled Prince William,” Redmayne told Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, an American gossip show.
“So we were sort of running around with no-one on us.”
Redmayne also revealed that Prince William was “substantially” the better rugby player of the two of them.
“I do remember that you would go out and the rugby pitches would be quite far away,” Redmayne said.
“He had bodyguards all over the place and they would drive. So there would always be a race to see who suck up to him and the bodyguards the most so that they could get a lift to the rugby pitches and back.”
Cohen followed up, asking several more questions about the Prince, but Redmayne ducked out of elaborating on wild moments and drunken experiences with the Prince (he simply answered with yes when asked if he’d ever seen Prince William drunk or naked).
Redmayne also revealed that he’d recently seen Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, at a charity event.
“…He was on very good form – and we bonded over newborn children so we felt grown up and old,” Redmayne said. His daughter, Iris, was born this past summer.