EastEnders star admits Prince Charles's soap confusion as he's awarded a CBE

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Mixing up Manchester and East London seems like a hard thing to do but, apparently, it's not impossible.

During Thursday's (June 24) ceremony, while awarding EastEnders actor Rudolph Walker with a CBE medal for services to drama and charity, Prince Charles mixed up the iconic BBC soap with its ITV competition Coronation Street.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Rudolph, who plays Queen Vic stalwart Patrick Trueman, revealed how his chat with Prince Charles was "extremely relaxing" and that he quickly apologised for the mix-up.

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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

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"He was interested in the show, he knew that I had been in it for a long time and that, here I am at the ripe young age of 81, going on to 82, still doing it and still enjoying it," said Rudolph.

"It was very relaxing, he made us feel extremely relaxed and he was interested in the fact that I am still plodding on.

"He spoke about Coronation Street and I said 'No, no, you're talking about the opposition. Let's talk about EastEnders'.

"He just laughed and said 'I do understand, I do apologise' but it was done very lightheartedly," revealed the soap star.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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Rudolph invited the Prince for a drink at the Queen Vic since "he visited Coronation Street some time ago apparently and I said 'well the invitation is there for Your Royal Highness to visit EastEnders'. You never know."

The actor added that he had not "in [his] wildest dreams" imagined he would receive the honour, saying: "Who would have thought that when I set sail for the shores of the UK in 1960 that I'd be at St James's Palace receiving an award?"

He also said that his win "sends a message to the people in the UK but also young people in the Caribbean. But there is still a long way to go."

EastEnders airs on BBC One.

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