Prince William: Jack Whitehall recalls meeting royal
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Harry, 37, lives in the US with his wife Meghan Markle, 40, and their two children, Archie Harrison, two, and Lilibet Diana, six months. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last year that they would step down as senior members of the Royal Family before they eventually settled down in Montecito, California. Like the Sussexes, Jack has also made the journey across the Atlantic recently for a new children’s film.
The comedian, who is known for hit shows like ‘Fresh Meat’ is starring in ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’.
The live-action film, which is released in UK cinemas today, is adapted from the series of books by Norman Bridwell.
Jack is cast as an American, Casey, who is the uncle of Clifford’s schoolgirl owner, Emily.
Last month the funnyman was in New York City, where the film is set, as he attended a promotional event at the Empire State Building.
Last night, Jack also plugged his new film on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ on BBC One.
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Graham also welcomed Keanu Reeves, Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman and Jennifer Lawrence to his sofa, while Rag ‘n’ Bone Man provided the music.
Jack is known for his cheeky sense of humour and does not always filter his comedy routines for his audience – even when royalty is present.
One such occasion came at the Royal Variety Performance in 2015 when Jack was hosting the charity gala.
The comic roasted Prince Harry, who was in the audience for the evening’s entertainment at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
However, Harry appeared to get his own back on Jack as he refused to shake his hand after the show, which was broadcast on ITV.
Shortly after, the royal then turned back to share a laugh with Jack and shook his hand.
During his opening routine at the Royal Variety, the comedian took aim at Harry’s military service in Afghanistan and the Prince’s red-headed complexion.
Addressing Harry from the stage, Jack said he “was not belittling” the Prince’s “amazing achievement”.
However, he then added: “What you did in Afghanistan…the bravery, a ginger guy in that heat, wow!
“The first time you get a Victoria Cross just for stepping out of the shade.”
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The show took place the year before Harry began dating Meghan, and Jack also poked fun at the Prince still being single.
In another segment, the comedian said he wanted to “offer up his services as royal wingman” to Harry.
Jack pledged to “put in a good word for him” with some of the night’s acts, who included Kacey Musgraves and Little Mix.
The annual event is in aid of the Queen’s Royal Variety Charity, which helps people from the arts who are in need of care and assistance.
This year’s performance, which was filmed last month, was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The show, which stars the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sir Rod Stewart, will be broadcast later this month on ITV.
‘The Graham Norton Show’ is on BBC iPlayer.
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