Russell Crowe says he 'didn't get the call' for coronation after last meeting with royals

The actor called both Prince William and Prince Harry 'mate'

BURLEIGH HEADS, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Australian actor and AACTA President, Russell Crowe poses for photos during a media call on the Gold Coast on January 28, 2023 in Burleigh Heads, Australia. It has been announced that the AACTA, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, awards will be held on the Gold Coast for the next three years.  (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
Russell Crowe said he hasn't been invited to the coronation. (Getty Images)

Russell Crowe has admitted he “didn’t get the call” for King Charles’ coronation and joked that it may have been because he called both Prince William and Prince Harry “mate” last time they met.

A host of celebs will attend the royal event this weekend, with Britain's Got Talent presenters Ant and Dec among those confirmed and the Beckhams and Joanna Lumley rumoured to be on the guest list.

But Gladiator star Crowe said during a radio interview that he won’t be among the A-list crowd and suggested that it was “possibly based on the last time I was introduced to royalty”.

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Discussing what happened the last time he met members of the royal family, he said on Triple M Breakfast Brisbane that the whole “your highness thing” wasn’t really in his nature.

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, in the background, leave after attending the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London. There will be dissenters among the cheering crowds when King Charles III travels by gilded coach to his coronation. More than 1,500 protesters will be dressed in yellow for maximum visibility and they plan to gather beside it to chant “Not my king” as the royal procession goes by on Saturday, May 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Several stars are expected to attend King Charles' coronation. (AP)

He said: "You know, the equerry (an officer of the British royal household who assists members of the royal family) comes and talks to you and they go, ‘Listen, when you talk to the prince, you can refer to them as this and this and this and this. You know, don’t do this, don’t do that.’

“Yeah, like, OK mate.”

Crowe went on: “The thing is, it’s just not in my DNA to be deferential to that point.

“I’ll be respectful, I am very pleased to meet people, but the ‘your highness’ thing, it just doesn’t come out of mouth."

File photo dated 12/04/06 of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall speaking to Prince William and Prince Harry before leaving Sandhurst Royal Military Academy after The Sovereign's Parade that marked the completion of Prince Harry's Officer training. Photos from every year of the King's life have been compiled by the PA news agency, to celebrate Charles III's coronation. Issue date: Thursday April 27, 2023.
Russell Crowe said he referred to Prince William and Prince Harry as 'mate'. (PA Images/Alamy)

"It’s not in my DNA," said the screen star.

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Crowe, 59, added of meeting the Princes: “I called both Harry and William 'mate’ and I thought the equerry was going to pass out!”

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