King Charles was all smiles as he met Ryan Reynolds in Wrexham today – in his second public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began ‘warring’ the royal family.
The 74-year-old monarch visited the football club – which was bought by the Hollywood actor in February 2021 – with the Queen Consort this afternoon.
The royal couple visited the club’s stadium to speak with co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to learn how it has contributed to the regeneration of the Welsh town, which was the subject of Disney+’s Welcome to Wrexham series.
Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropping even more bombshells on the royal family yesterday with the release of their Netflix documentary, King Charles was all smiles when he spoke to the A-list dad of three.
King Charles appeared to share a joke with Hollywood A-Lister Ryan Reynolds – who bought the Welsh football club in February 2021
While the monarch wrapped himself in a double-breasted tweed navy coat, Ryan – who is married to actress Blake Lively – opted for a three-piece suit for the royal engagement.
The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English, shared footage of the King’s meeting with the co-owners of Wrexham and said Charles and Camilla’s visit will feature in an upcoming episode of the hit Disney+ series.
Prior to the visit, Ryan said he was “incredibly excited” to meet King Charles and the Queen Consort.
He said: ‘Rob and I both said it early on and this is true and for the rest of our lives we will do everything we can to elevate and elevate this community and this club and having the King come to visit is certainly one way to do it. That’s for sure.’
King Charles and the Queen Consort visited football to learn about Wrexham’s regeneration
Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney shook hands with King Charles on the pitch
Ryan Reynolds and King Charles spoke briefly before posing for photos
King Charles and the Queen Consort walked onto the field
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney nervously adjust their jackets for the meeting
The King met the stars and collaborators working on the Welcome to Wrexham series
The King was all smiles as he met players as the Welcome to Wrexham cameras filmed
After shaking hands with Ryan and Rob, the King appears to make a comment about the cold temperature.
“I’m from Philadelphia, but I live in Los Angeles,” Rob told him. “So it’s quite warm there!”
The hit sports documentary follows the efforts of Deadpool and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia stars to revive the football club, which was on the verge of disbanding after the pandemic.
Due to their celebrity status, the two have formed partnerships with TikTok, Expedia, EA Sports and Reynolds’ own Aviation Gin. They have also been able to lure top talent with their money and pay for upgrades to Racecourse Ground – the oldest international football stadium in the world.
King Charles and the Queen Consort tried to muffle the noise surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series, which landed on the streaming platform yesterday.
The Duke and Duchess took a series of new swipes at the Royal Family and Britain in their new series, which has been described as a transatlantic ‘TV bomb’ aimed at The Firm.
Episode one opens with a thinly veiled attack on Buckingham Palace’s decision not to participate in their six-part documentary about their courtship, marriage and Megxit.
As part of their $100 million deal with Netflix, the privacy-conscious couple have handed over a wealth of photos and videos from their relationship, including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filmed himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow when he arrived in March 2020 emigrated.
The first three episodes feature a series of barbs that will upset his father, King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that he was “literally raised” by a “second family” in Africa, where he chose to spend three months in his late spend teenage years. and twenty when he came to terms with his mother’s death.
Harry also describes a “massive level of unconscious bias” in the royal family – in reference to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix documentary was released yesterday
Author Afua Hirsch (pictured) denounces Commonwealth Empire 2.0 in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, before describing Harry as ‘anti-racist’
It has also been suggested that the UK is racist and more obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan stating that she was “not really treated like a black woman” until she came to Britain.
And in a swipe at his male relatives’ choice of women, seen as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan sets him apart from his family because it ‘from his heart’ and not because she would ‘fit the mold’.
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He said the fact that his wife is an American actress “clouded” his family’s image of her – and they believed it wouldn’t last long.
In the third installment of the series, writer and presenter Afua Hirsh – author of the 2018 memoir Brit(ish) – described the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth as “Empire 2.0” before describing Prince Harry as “anti-racist”.
On institutional racism in the UK, Afua said: ‘Britain calculated that it had to grant independence to these countries in a way that protected its commercial and capitalist interests. So it created this privileged club called the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth is still described as a club of friends that share common values. I find that language really problematic.
“I sometimes call the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0’ because that’s what it is.”
The Commonwealth was founded in December 1931 and currently includes 54 countries. According to the royal family’s website, the purpose of the organization is “to promote international cooperation and trade relations between people around the world.”
The episode then tells the story of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and shows Harry speaking at a memorial service 26 days before his and Meghan’s wedding.
Afua said the black community “really appreciated” his speech and said his and Meghan’s presence was “really important.”
She added: “It was a direct attempt to say something about the pain many people still feel as a result of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
And that was really welcomed by a lot of black communities in Britain. I’ve always seen Prince Harry as just another senior royal, a bit racist, very ignorant.
Prince Andrew was pictured this morning driving through Windsor
It is the first time the duke has been photographed since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s documentary was released
“But I’ve watched him on this journey and seen that he’s really embraced the education it takes for someone like him to transform himself into an anti-racist.”
Elsewhere in the series, author Kehinde Andrews claims that ‘nothing has changed’ about the UK’s colonial past apart from the royal family’s ‘better PR’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also discuss Princess Michael of Kent wearing a Blackamoor-style brooch for a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She had to apologize.
Harry said, ‘In this family you are sometimes part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The unconscious bias thing isn’t really anyone’s fault.
Meghan adds: “Obviously now everyone knows about my race because they made such an issue of it when I went to the UK. Before that time. I wasn’t really treated like a black woman.”
In response to the bombshell series, Tory MP Bob Seely has argued that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be stripped of their royal titles.
The Isle of Wight MP said the pair “monetized” their titles with “aggressive” and “incredible” attacks on the royal family and Britain.
Backbench bills rarely become law, but Mr Seely said it will be “a start” to introduce the bills to the House.