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Prince William 'binned off' his next appointment to continue drinking beer with Peter Crouch while recording an episode of the footballer's podcast, c

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Prince William ‘binned off’ his next appointment to continue drinking beer with Peter Crouch while recording an episode of the footballer’s podcast, co-presenter Chris Stark has claimed.

Crouch, BBC R1 presenter Stark, and co-host Tom Fordyce, were invited to Kensington Palace in March 2020 to interview the Duke of Cambridge, 38, for an episode of Radio 5 Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast that was released over the summer.

The group chatted over pints of beer and takeaway curry that was delivered to the royal residence and looked relaxed and jovial in video and photos released from the meeting.

Speaking this week on The Andy Jaye Podcast, Stark, 33, recalled how William, 38, had been due to leave after 45 minutes but ‘binned off’ his next appointment in order to stay. 

Relaxed: Prince William 'binned off' his next appointment to continue drinking beer with Peter Crouch while recording an episode of the footballer's podcast, co-presenter Chris Stark has claimed. Pictured, William with (from left) Stark, Crouch and co-presenter Tom Fordyce

Relaxed: Prince William ‘binned off’ his next appointment to continue drinking beer with Peter Crouch while recording an episode of the footballer’s podcast, co-presenter Chris Stark has claimed. Pictured, William with (from left) Stark, Crouch and co-presenter Tom Fordyce

He added the prince ‘relaxed’ after a few pints and stopped ‘having to think too much about the party line’.

‘At one point, this lady stood up to say that he’s got to go on to his next appointment – God knows what that was – and he just binned it off,’ Stark said. 

‘I think he was having a good time and I’m sure he’s got his own way of relaxing but in those two or three hours that we were in the Palace, I do think I saw a real side to him.

‘I’ve met him at Radio 1 and it was a very different experience. [At Kensington Palace] I felt like you could have a pint with him and genuinely see what he was about, and I really like him. I genuinely saw a side to him where it was like “you are a young lad as well”.’

It is not known what William had been due to attend that day. MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for comment. 

Special delivery! Crouch, BBC R1 presenter Stark, and co-host Tom Fordyce, were invited to Kensington Palace in March 2020 to interview the Duke of Cambridge, 38, for an episode of Radio 5 Live's That Peter Crouch Podcast that was released over the summer. The group enjoyed takeaway curry delivered to Kensington Palace and carried in by William

Special delivery! Crouch, BBC R1 presenter Stark, and co-host Tom Fordyce, were invited to Kensington Palace in March 2020 to interview the Duke of Cambridge, 38, for an episode of Radio 5 Live’s That Peter Crouch Podcast that was released over the summer. The group enjoyed takeaway curry delivered to Kensington Palace and carried in by William

A pint with the lads: Peter Crouch (left),  Tom Fordyce (centre) and Chris Stark (right) asked Prince William (standing) about his views on football and mental health over beer and curry

A pint with the lads: Peter Crouch (left),  Tom Fordyce (centre) and Chris Stark (right) asked Prince William (standing) about his views on football and mental health over beer and curry

Prince William appeared on the podcast to discuss the Heads Up campaign and the importance of addressing mental health in football, but Stark explained the topics soon expanded beyond that.  

He continued: ‘I was really aware that we were there to kind of talk about his campaign, but then we were all a couple of pints into this conversation and then I found we were having a genuine chat with him.

‘You could see him drop having to think too much around the party line or whatever it was he was trying to focus on and just talk. It was so nice to see.

Opening up: Stark (right) said Prince William was happy to 'have a laugh' with the group

Opening up: Stark (right) said Prince William was happy to ‘have a laugh’ with the group

‘I’m not encouraging everyone to go and get pissed to have these types of conversations… but seriously, being a couple of pints in with Prince William, you realise there are similarities to what he was experiencing and what I’ve felt and what other people feel.

‘I don’t want to say pressure, but you could see that he’s got a lot going on, and it was really interesting to see him relax and just have a laugh with us.

‘I got this letter off him a couple of weeks after that and he was just thanking me and the boys, he sent us each a letter. What he said in it was so lovely.’

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