King Charles was all smiles as he met Ryan Reynolds in Wrexham today – in his second public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began ‘waging war’ on the Royal Family.
The monarch, 74, visited the football club – which was purchased by the Hollywood actor in February 2021 – with the Queen Consort this afternoon.
The royal couple visited the club’s stadium to speak with co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to learn about how it has contributed to the regeneration of the Welsh city, which was the subject of Disney+’s Welcome to Wrexham series.
Despite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle unleashing further bombshells on the Royal Family with the release of their Netflix documentary yesterday, King Charles was all smiles as he spoke with the A-List father-of-three.
King Charles appeared to share a joke with Hollywood A-Lister Ryan Reynolds – who purchased the Welsh football club in February 2021
While the monarch wrapped up warm in a double-breasted tweed navy coat, Ryan – who is married to actress Blake Lively – opted for a three-piece suit for the royal engagement.
Sharing footage of the King meeting the Wrexham co-owners, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English said Charles and Camilla’s visit will feature in an upcoming episode of the hit Disney+ series.
The royal couple tried to tune out the the noise surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary series – which landed on the streaming platform yesterday.
The Duke and Duchess took a series of new swipes at the Royal Family and Britain in their new series which is being described as a transatlantic ‘TV bomb’ aimed at The Firm.
King Charles and the Queen Consort visited the football to learn more about Wrexham’s regeneration
Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney shook hands with King Charles on the pitch
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney nervously adjust their jackets before the meeting
The King met with the stars and staff who work on the Welcome to Wrexham series
Episode one begins with a thinly-veiled attack on Buckingham Palace’s decision not to co-operate with their six-part documentary charting their courtship, marriage and Megxit.
As part of their $100million deal with Netflix, the privacy-conscious couple have handed over a trove of pictures and video from their relationship including the moment Harry proposed in 2017 and filming himself in the VIP lounge at Heathrow as he emigrated in March 2020.
The first three episodes contain a series of barbs that will upset his father King Charles III, including Harry’s claim that he was ‘literally brought up’ by a ‘second family’ in Africa where he chose to spend three-month stints in his late teens and twenties as he came to terms with his mother’s death.
Harry also describes a ‘huge level of unconscious bias’ in the Royal Family – with reference to Princess Michael of Kent wearing an offensive Blackamoor-style brooch in front of his wife at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Netflix documentary was released yesterday
There is also a suggestion that the UK is racist and more obsessed with race than the US, with Meghan declaring that she ‘wasn’t really treated like a black woman’ until she came to Britain.
And in a swipe at the choice of wives by his male relatives, viewed as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William, Harry insisted that his decision to marry Meghan sets him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’.
He said his wife being an American actress ‘clouded’ his family’s view of her – and they believed it wouldn’t last.
In the third episode of the series, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsh – author of the 2018 memoir Brit(ish) – described the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth as being ‘Empire 2.0’ before then going on to describe Prince Harry as ‘anti-racist’.
Discussing institutional racism in the UK, Afua said: ‘Britain calculated that it needed to grant these countries independence in a way that protected its commercial and capitalist interest. So it created this privileged club called the Commonwealth.
‘The Commonwealth is still described as a club of friends who share common values. I find that language really problematic.
‘I sometimes call the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0′ because that is what it is.’
The Commonwealth was founded in December 1931 and currently contains 54 countries. According to the Royal Family’s website, the purpose of the orgnisation is to ‘foster international co-operation and trade links between people all over the world’.
The episode then tells the story of the murder of Stephen Lawrence and shows Harry speaking at a memorial to him, 26 days before his and Meghan’s wedding.
Afua said the black community ‘really appreciated’ his speech, saying his and Meghan’s attendance was ‘really significant’.
She added: ‘It represented a direct attempt to speak to the pain many people still feel as a result of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
‘And that was really welcomed by many black communities in Britain. I always perceived Prince Harry as just another senior royal, a little bit racist, very ignorant.
‘But I have watched him on this journey and seen that he has really embraced the education that is required for someone like him to transform himself into an anti-racist.’
Elsewhere in the series, author Kehinde Andrews claims ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, apart from the Royal Family’s ‘better PR’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also discuss Princess Michael of Kent a Blackamoor-style brooch to a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She was forced to apologise.
Harry said: ‘In this family sometimes your part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias is actually no one’s fault.
Meghan adds: ‘Obviously now everyone is aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the UK. Before then. I wasn’t really treated like a black woman’.
In response to the bombshell series, Tory MP Bob Seely has argued that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should be stripped of their royal titles.
The Isle of Wight MP said the couple were ‘monetising’ their titles with ‘aggressive’ and ‘unbelievable’ attacks on the Royal Family and Britain.
Backbench Bills rarely become law, but Mr Seely said presenting the proposals to the House will be ‘a start’.