From Beyonce to Reese Witherspoon: 17 times the royals struck up surprising celebrity friendships

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So you're the Prince of Wales?
Who knows how impressed Shania Twain was when she met Prince Charles during the Party in the Park in aid of The Princes' Trust in Hyde Park in July 1999. (Stefan Rousseau/AFP) (AFP via Getty Images)
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RnB royalty meets real royalty
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Jaz-Z and Beyoncé Knowles during a Basketball match between New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers in New York during their royal tour there in 2014. (PA Images) (PA)
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When Beyoncé met Meghan
Beyoncé told Meghan and Harry "we love you guys" when the royal couple met her and her husband Jay-Z at the premiere of the film The Lion King in London in July 2019. (Niklas Hall'n/AFP) (AFP via Getty Images)
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Charles meets all of Destiny's Child
William and Harry might have links with Beyoncé, but their dad Charles was booking all of Destiny's Child for Party in The Park in 2001. (PA Images) (PA)
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Prince Harry is good friends with James Blunt
The singer and the prince share a special bond as they have both served in the Army. Blunt is also friends with Princess Eugenie, Harry's cousin. Here are Harry and Blunt in September 2014 in London. (PA Images) (Getty Images)
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Fashion Queen meets the Real Queen
Though famed for not smiling Anna Wintour (R), couldn't help but grin when she sat next to the Queen at the designer Richard Quinn's runway show in February 2018. (Yui Mok/AFP) (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Katy Perry rubs shoulders with Prince Charles
Prince Charles met Katy Perry, left, at a reception for supporters of the British Asian Trust in London, in February 2020. The singer and the royal have shared interests in the charity sector and she called him a "kind soul". (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP) (Getty Images)
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Kate takes tennis tips from Federer
Kate presented friend Roger Federer with the runners-up trophy at Wimbledon 2019. Federer and his wife went to Kate's sister's wedding, and Prince George has had coaching from the former number one. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Nice to see you
To see you nice! Prince Charles speaks to the late Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia in the Royal Box during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. (PA Images) (PA)
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Prince William sings with Bon Jovi
Prince Harry may have roped in Bon Jovi to sing the Invictus single, but William got to the rock star first. Singing with him and Taylor Swift in 2013. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire) (Getty Images)
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Putting the prince through his paces
Prince Harry raced Usain Bolt at the University of the West Indies in March 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica, during an extensive tour. The pair looked like they enjoyed hanging out. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Rapper's delight
Prince William and Prince Harry do their best to look cool next to Kanye West and P Diddy (R) during a backstage party at Wembley Arena in July 2007 after the concert for their late mother Diana. (Carl de Souza/AFP) (AFP via Getty Images)
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The Princes bond with David Beckham
Princes William and Harry are pals with former footballer David Beckham, pictured here together in 2010 in Johannesberg, South Africa. Beckham and his wife Victoria went to both of their weddings and they have worked together on lots of sporting projects. (Photo by Luca Ghidoni - Pool/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Reese with a Duchess
Kate met Reese Witherspoon during a reception to mark the launch of Tusk's US Patron Circle in 2011 in Beverley Hills, California. Witherspoon said she "fell under her spell" and had been "so excited" to meet her. (Karen Ballard/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Charles's long friendship with Jeremy Irons
Prince Charles and Jeremy Irons probably have a lot to talk about because of the Prince's long love of acting. Irons spent time in Sandringham in 2002, and was spotted going to church with Charles, Camilla and Richard E Grant. Charles and Irons here at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. (PA Images) (PA)
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Kate's mum sits with rugby legend
OK, so she's not a royal herself, but the future Queen's mother Carole Middleton bagged a seat by former rugby player Matt Dawson in the royal box at the Wimbledon Championships in June 2014. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire) (PA)
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Diana's surprising friendship with Tom Hanks
Princess Diana is said to have met Tom Hanks several times, including here at a special screening of Apollo 13 in London in 1995. Hanks even attended her funeral. (PA Images) (PA)

Many people understandably feel a little nervous if they come face-to-face with a member of the Royal Family.

But when celebrities brush shoulders with the royals, it’s hard to know who should be more jittery.

Over the years, their mutual ability to be unshaken by each other’s status has meant actors, singers, and sports stars have been able to add royal phone numbers to their contacts.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s meeting with RnB royalty in the form of Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z on the red carpet in London drew headlines back in 2019.

But surprisingly, it looks like Prince Charles was the first family member to meet Beyoncé back in 2001.

The iconic singer-songwriter performed with Destiny’s Child in Hyde Park for Prince Charles’s Party in the Park several years before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex got the chance to shake her hand.

Charles also beat his older son to meeting Queen Bey too. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Beyoncé and Jay-Z in the US in 2014 on their royal tour.

The Prince’s Trust’s Party in the Park provided Charles with the opportunity to meet many celebs.

We may never know how impressed Shania Twain was when she met the Prince of Wales at the concert in 1999.

But Reese Witherspoon spilled all about falling “under the spell” of the Duchess of Cambridge when she was on tour in the US in 2011.

Witherspoon said Kate was “just as magnificent as she seems to be” and that she was “warm, elegant and composed”.

She also said photos of her that day showed “rays of happiness shooting out of my face” because of her excitement to meet the royal.

Look through the gallery to see some other surprising celebrity friendships.