The Late Show's Stephen Colbert says Royal Family are 'gangsters in nice clothes'

The TV star admitted he was 'not a huge fan of the royalty'

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesdays February 14, 2023 show. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert said the Royal Family are 'gangsters in nice clothes'. (CBS via Getty Images)

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert has said he thinks the Royal Family are “gangsters in nice clothes”.

The comedian was interviewing Sir Patrick Stewart on his chat show when he made the remark.

Stewart, 82, had been talking about being knighted by the late Queen in 2010 and at one point jokingly asked Colbert whether he’d want the honour.

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The TV star said he wouldn’t say no “if he (King Charles) were just tossing them out” but said they should probably go to “somebody who has done something for the kingdom” before him.

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Sir Patrick Stewart during Tuesdays February 14, 2023 show. (Photo by Gail Schulman/CBS via Getty Images)
Stephen Colbert made the comment as he chatted to Sir Patrick Stewart. (CBS via Getty Images)

“Because I’m not a huge fan of the royalty, I’m not a huge fan,” he explained.

When Stewart quizzed him about it, Colbert went on: “I just think they are basically gangsters in nice clothes.”

The talk show host recently spent some time with Prince Harry, when he welcomed him onto his programme to talk about the royal’s controversial memoir, Spare.

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Patrick Stewart was knighted in 2010. (PA Images/Alamy)

During the interview, Harry took part in a light-hearted skit that saw Colbert appearing to greet him along with trumpet players in formal dress.

As the Duke noticed his regal welcome, he told the TV star to stop, insisting that all the fanfare was appreciated but that it wasn’t needed.

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday March 9, 2020, from back, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince Charles, front, as the family members leave the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Prince Charles has been preparing for the crown his entire life. Prince Harry has said he wants to have his father and brother back and that he wants “a family, not an institution,” during a TV interview ahead of the publication of his memoir. The interview with Britain’s ITV channel is due to be released this Sunday. (Phil Harris/Pool via AP, File)
Stephen Colbert isn't a big fan of the royals. (AP)

But Colbert then told him that all the fuss wasn’t for him.

“Get out of the way, he's coming!" he yelled, as he peered around Harry to look past him at somebody else.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks then appeared around the corner with a big smile, saying: "I'm back!"

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"Where's my fanfare?" asked the movie star.

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