Celebrity status is kind of a small world. Despite there being A-listers and B-listers and so on, the fact is that they’re all pretty far removed from the average Joe. So it’s not too much of a surprise when celebrities turn out to be friends. But what’s a little more rare are pairings between a celebrity and a royal, like the most famous one of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Or is it? There is actually quite a list of celebrities and royals who are fast friends, and here are
20 other celebrities with royal ties that will remind how small the world actually is.
Besides money, there are a couple of things that celebrities and the royal family share. One is knowing what it’s like to have the eyes of the world on you. Another is, for many of them, an altruistic focus. In fact, some people consider giving back to be a sort-of mandate that follows notoriety — whether that’s born or earned. Like the monarchy, entertainment and sports royalty have gotten pretty good at lending their credibility and followings to the
causes they believe in.
But there are myriad other reasons why royals form a bond with famous people. It might be social, or political — in one case on this list it was even about a shared job. So without further ado, take a look at a sampling of the ways that these famous lives have intersected.
1 Elton John Elton John’s close friendship with Princess Diana was legendary during her lifetime, as Harper’s Bazaar reported. They met at a party in 1981 and danced the Charleston together for 20 minutes, the singer told his biographer.
falling out in early 1997, according to CNN, they reconciled their friendship a few months later. That was a good thing, since Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident in August that same year. John captivated the world when he performed at her funeral, The Sun reported. 2 Ellie Goulding Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 3 James Blunt Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
The surprise might not be that Prince Harry is friends with the British singer, considering that the Duke of Sussex runs in A-list circles, but that they met in a much less glamorous place. According to
ELLE, the two served together in the British Army and must have remained close, as Prince Harry invited the singer to perform at the Invictus Games via text message in 2016, as James Blunt confirmed on Twitter. 4 Angelina Jolie WPA Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images 5 Serena Williams Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 6 Joan Rivers Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Joan River's death in 2014, Prince Charles called the superstar comedian “an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit,” according to People. They met at a dinner party when Prince Charles was young and a fan of her outrageous humor, according to the Daily Mail. He often invited her to perform at fundraisers and events at his estate, as People reported, and they remained friends until she died. 7 Lady Gaga Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 8 Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy was a bit of a mystery when he showed up at the
wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry; nobody really knew that the actor had become close to the royals. As it turns out, Hardy and both the princes met when they cameoed together in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, according to the Daily Mail. In case you missed it, they appeared in a scene where four stormtroopers guard John Boyega’s character Finn in an elevator. 9 Mila Kunis Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 10 Will Arnett
Will Arnett shared on the
Late Late Show With James Corden that he’s texting buddies with Prince Harry, as People reported. He explained that he met the prince “very briefly,” but there was enough connection there that they exchanged numbers. Later, on a trip to London, the actor texted Prince Harry that he was in front of “his gran’s house” as he walked by Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry apparently appreciate the joke, according to the actor. 11 David Beckham WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
David Beckham has been friends with the
younger generation of the British royals since he and Prince William worked together on London’s try for the 2012 Olympics, according to Vogue. He and his wife Victoria received invites to the respective weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as Princess Eugenie. He’s so close with Princess Eugenie that she even attended his daughter Harper’s birthday party that was held at Buckingham Palace, according to People. 12 The Obamas
It’s no real surprise that the
former American leaders, Michelle and Barack Obama, would have strong connections to the monarchy. They’ve met nearly every member of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, according to Hello! Magazine, and, perhaps most famously (OK, adorably...), young Prince George in a robe. The White House/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
And the former first couple has a
special bond with Prince Harry; according to The Telegraph, they’ve worked together on initiatives that help military families as well as the Invictus Games. 13 Eddie Redmayne Tristan Fewings/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Eddie Redmayne and
Prince William were classmates at Eton and even played on the same rugby team, according to the Daily Mail. But like many of us who have a past connection to celebrity, the actor did admit that it’s not like their still close buddies. “ He was a pal at school, but I haven’t seen him since school,” he previously told Loaded magazine. “And no, no messages.” 14 Cara Delevingne WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The model/actress is friendly with
several members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince Harry. According to Cosmopolitan, the acquaintances come courtesy of Delevingne’s grandmother, who was a lady-in-waiting for Princess Margaret. Delavigne is close enough with Prince Harry that she used to do some friendly flirting with him via text, according to the Daily Mail. Presumably, that all stopped long ago now that Markle has his heart. 15 Chrissy Teigen Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 16 Dave Grohl Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images 17 Rihanna
Back when Prince Harry was a single man, he did a little more partying than he has since he met Meghan Markle. One of those occasions was during his visit to Barbados for the country’s
50th anniversary of independence in 2016.
While there, he met Rihanna and they enjoyed the nightlife of the island, according to
The Guardian, and he even convinced her to take an HIV test, on Worlds AIDS day, something he was promoting during his tour of the Caribbean. 18 Rod Stewart Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles attended a party where Rod Stewart performed, and were so taken by the singer that he was invited to perform at
Prince Charles 60th birthday party, according to The Independent. Stewart even agreed to forgo his usual performance fee of $1 million to headline the event, The Independent reported.
That’s not their only connection though; Stewart is also an ambassador for
Prince Charles' charity, The Prince’s Trust. 19 Chris Martin WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images 20 George & Amal Clooney Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson Collection/Getty Images
The Clooneys have been all over the royal map in recent years. They attended the
wedding of Prince Harry and Markle, they hosted the couple for a vacation in Lake Como, and Amal attended Markle’s baby shower in New York City, according to Vanity Fair. But they’re not only friends with the younger royals; George and Amal were spotted at a charity dinner held by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, according to Town & Country.
So with all that said, it's safe to say the royal family's rolodex is much more impressive than many of us may have thought.