Gladiators star Russell Crowe claims he’s blacklisted from King Charles’ Coronation
4th May 2023

Russell Crowe has claimed that he may be blacklisted from royal events, sharing that he wasn't one of the celebrities to 'get the call' inviting him to attend King Charles' upcoming Coronation.

The Gladiators actor, 59, is no stranger to royalty and has met Prince William and Harry, while also spending an evening with Charles back in 2003, but may not have had his royal etiquette on point.

And as preparations are well underway for the royal event, which will take place on Saturday and welcome stars such as Lionel Richie and Geordie duo Ant and Dec, Russell won't be heading for Westminster.

Admitting that his last meeting could have been the reason for the lack of invite, the New Zealand-born actor has recalled calling both second-in-line William and his brother Harry 'mate'.

"It's probably due to last time I was introduced to royalty," began Russell while appearing on radio show Triple M Breakfast Brisbane.

He continued: "The equerry [an officer of the British royal household], he comes to talk to you and then goes, 'Listen, when you talk to a prince, you refer to them as this, this, this and this.' The thing is, that's just not in my DNA,' Crowe explained.

"I'm always respectful and I'm always very pleased to meet people, but the "your highness" thing, it's just not in my nature. I called Prince Harry and William 'mate'. I though the equerry was going to pass out," joked the star.

But showing it's not a sign of distaste for the family themselves, Russell also took to Twitter this week to sing the praises of the new king, dubbing him a 'good bloke'.

Talking about their run in many years before, the actor said: "The man who would be King was kind. He was also funny. Deeply intelligent and good company, and gallant in his deference to Dani’s pregnancy. I’ll never forget the warmth in our last hand shake. Good bloke."

While he speaks highly of Charles' nature, Russell still won't be adhering to royal protocols if they do have another run-in, explaining: "In any of my meetings with Royalty, I haven’t yet been able to utter the 'your highness'. It simply doesn’t come out of my mouth. It’s not in my dna."

He added: "I view the costumes and the ritual and the pageantry with distant interest, if any. I don’t know what it’s all supposed to mean in 2023, nor in any other time for that matter. I don’t really think we need a King, but I’m sure Charles III will do the very best job he can."

While Russell may not be on the guestlist, with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly leading the stars attending, joined by The Repair Shop's Jay Blades, singer Lionel Richie, magician Dynamo and Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones.


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