Eddie Redmayne ‘felt sorry’ for Prince William at Eton: ‘Fun standing next to him’

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EDDIE REDMAYNE “felt sorry” for Prince William when the pair were rugby teammates at school as every opposition player wanted to tackle the future king, unearthed accounts reveal.

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Eddie became one of the world’s most sought after actor’s after his Oscar-winning performance as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in 2014 film Theory of Everything.

Having picked up a string of acting awards for the role in 2015, a year later he also received an OBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle.

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Eddie went to school with William (Image: Getty)

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Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar in 2015 for his performance in The Theory of Everything (Image: Getty)

However, this was not the first time Eddie had rubbed shoulders with royalty, having been in the same year as the monarch’s grandson, William, at Eton College.

During a November 2018 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Eddie was asked what it was like playing rugby with the young Prince at school.

Eddie confirmed: “I did play rugby with Prince William.”

He then added: “I always felt a bit sorry for him because basically any school you played, all they wanted to do was tackle Prince William in order that they could say ‘I tackled Prince William’.

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Prince William graduated Eton in 2000 (Image: Getty)

“So if you were standing next to Prince William like I was, it was actually quite easy and quite fun.”

The pair graduated from Eton, which was founded by William’s ancestor Henry VI, in the year 2000.

The future king subsequently studied for four years at the University of St Andrews, where he met his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

Eddie went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a 2:1 Honours in 2003.

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William showed off his rugby skills on a recent visit to Northern Ireland (Image: Getty)

The actor didn’t elaborate on whether or not the pair were close at school, or if they have struck up a relationship since.

However, the duo were publicly spotted together at the Cambridge County Polo Club in July 2015, among a host of other stars, just after Eddie received the Oscar nod.

The actor also once revealed the interaction he had with Her Majesty, 95, while receiving his OBE.

Eddie, who was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2015, told the Telegraph: “It was absolutely wonderful.

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Eddie received an OBE from the Queen in 2016 (Image: Getty)

“Also being with such extraordinary people, the whole experience is incredibly humbling and also getting to be in Windsor Castle is breathtaking, around Christmas as well with all the decorations.”

Astronaut Major Tim Peake was given a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by the Queen during the same ceremony.

He was being recognised for his services to space research and scientific education after becoming the first British person to walk in space.

“I’m very lucky to do something I am passionate about ‒ I’m very grateful to do something I love because it is a rare thing.”

Watch the Graham Norton Show tonight at 10:35 on BBC One.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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