Some people are lost for words when they meet a member of the Royal Family, but EastEnders star Danny Dyer told Prince Charles “I’m related to you,” as they met at the Prince’s Trust Awards on Wednesday.
The actor, 41, who plays Mick Carter in the BBC soap, boasted about his royal connections when he was introduced to the 70-year-old heir to the throne on the red carpet at the London Palladium.
And technically he’s not wrong. Dyer discovered he was a direct descendant of King Edward III during a 2016 appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?
During the show, where celebrities trace their family trees, he found out that King Edward III was his 22-times great-grandfather and went on to present his recent documentary Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family.
After the introduction to Charles, Dyer revealed to the Mail Online: “I think I freaked him out a little bit.
“He had a good laugh though.”
Dyer was among the celebrity attendees at the Prince’s Trust Awards, which honours the achievements of young people supported by The Trust’s programmes.
Other guests included Chiwetel Ejiofor, Katherine Kelly, Michael McIntyre, Luke Evans, AJ Pritchard, Clara Amfo, Alfie Deyes, Kate Garraway, Tinie Tempah, Anne Marie and Tom Walker. TV presenters Phillip Schofield and Fearne Cotton hosted the bash.
The Prince’s Trust was established by Charles in 1976, with the aim to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. It supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Last night Charles hosted a star-studded dinner at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the charity. Amal and George Clooney were among the guests, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Tamsin Egerton, Josh Hartnett and Benedict Cumberbatch.