The Prince of Wales and actor Danny Dyer had an unlikely “family reunion” when the pair met at the Prince’s Trust Awards in London.
Meeting Charles before the awards at the London Palladium on Wednesday, Dyer told him: “I’m in EastEnders. Just wanted to let you know we’re related as well. King Edward III is my grandfather – but I won’t go into it. No he is, on my life.”
The prince replied: “A very long way away.”
“Yeah, I know, I know,” said Dyer.
The EastEnders star discovered in 2016 that he is related to Thomas Cromwell, Edward III, William the Conqueror and Henry III during filming for Who Do You Think You Are?
In January this year he charted his regal lineage in a two-part BBC One series called Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family.
On stage later, the actor joked the two were having a “family reunion” at the event, where he had come to present the Prince’s Trust Mentor of the Year award.
“When your cousin Charlie makes the call, you’ve got to help your family out, you know what I mean?” he said.
Speaking on stage with Charles, Dyer joked that his reference to their relationship went over the prince’s head, saying it went “straight up his nut”.
Host Kate Garraway told Dyer: “I’m not sure you’ll be coming over.”
Later, Charles admitted he had “discovered a long-lost relation with Danny Dyer” during the event, telling the audience: “He told me he was descended from Edward III, which is interesting.
“I must do some research when I get back.”
Charles also compared notes on fatherhood with Tinie Tempah at the event, as the pair discussed the recent birth of the rapper’s first child.
“Does she keep you up at night?” Charles asked Tempah.
“No, she’s very good,” he replied.
Speaking after the conversation, Tempah told reporters: “He was very happy to hear that I have a daughter.
“He didn’t offer any advice but he was happy to hear she had been born.”
Tempah, whose real name is Patrick Okogwu, has been private about the birth of his daughter late last year and his relationship with her mother.
He has said he prefers to keep the identity of his partner and child a secret.