Journalist shares 'fun little story' about Prince William's 'childlike' behaviour on Top Gun red carpet

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and actor Tom Cruise (L) acknowledge the crowd as they attend the
William and Kate attended the star-studded premiere of Top Gun: Maverick last May. (Getty Images) (Getty Images)

A journalist has shared an unexpected story about Prince William following his unusual choice of shoes at the Top Gun: Maverick film premiere.

Stuart Heritage — a Guardian columnist who writes about culture for the publication — was covering the Baftas as part of the newspaper's live blog on Sunday night.

Heritage introduced a "fun little story" about the pair of black velvet loafers featuring an embroidered F-18 Super Hornet that William had specially commissioned for the premiere last May.

While William's sartorial selection was widely covered at the time, Heritage claims that William repeatedly encouraged cast members on the red carpet - which on the night included Tom Cruise, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller amongst others - to look at his fancy shoes. Heritage then notes: "Like a child would."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge wears a pair of shoes embroidered with a fighter aircraft logo for the
Prince William donned a pair of shoes embroidered with a fighter aircraft logo for the Top Gun: Maverick premiere. (Getty Images) (Dan Kitwood via Getty Images)

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Heritage relays: "During this meet and greet, Prince William kept pointing at his shoes, and the film’s cast all responded by doing this weird noncommittal ‘Oh’ face in return. This is because, it turns out, Prince William was wearing special shoes that had fighter jets embroidered on them.

"Imagine that for a moment. You’ve made a film. The film is going to single-handedly revive the global theatrical experience. And here you are, in London, watching the future king of England point at his special aeroplane shoes. Like a child would.

"Imagine being Jon Hamm trying to think of something to say to a literal prince who is determined to show you his special little aeroplane shoes, because he thinks they will somehow delight you. Imagine it."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wearing a pair of velvet evening slippers embroidered with a fighter plane design, attends the UK premiere and Royal Film Performance of 'Top Gun: Maverick' in Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
A Guardian journalist claimed that Prince William showed off his pair of velvet evening slippers embroidered with a fighter plane design to the Top Gun cast. (Getty Images) (Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty Images)

Heritage finished off the story by noting that Prince William had worn "normal shoes" to the Baftas.

The shoes definitely didn't go unnoticed with Hamm later describing them as "very cool".

He told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show: "Prince William had on his tuxedo shoes, embroidered F-18s [...] very cool Top Gun tuxedo shoes [...] that means you made it."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by star actor Tom Cruise as they arrive for the
Tom Cruise held Kate's hand on the red carpet of the Top Gun premiere. (Getty Images) (Dan Kitwood via Getty Images)

Another Top Gun star, Miles Teller, also discussed meeting William and Kate at the premiere on the Tonight Show, but it wasn't the royal's tribute shoes that had caught Teller's attention, but instead that he had got "honestly lost in Prince William's eyes" and that they were as "blue as the bluest ocean".

Prince William attended the 2023 Bafta awards ceremony on Sunday after a two-year absence: in 2021, the ceremony was held virtually and last year clashing commitments in the diary meant that William couldn't make it.

He has been President of Bafta since 2010, and this year award's saw his wife Kate rewear the same look she donned in 2019, with a few alterations, in the name of slow fashion and sustainability.