If you've been a British monarch for over 60 years, you probably have a slightly different set of priorities than the rest of us. When actress Cate Blanchett was invited to a royal lunch at Buckingham Palace, she wondered why. Perhaps Prince Philip or the Queen had a question about her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Elizabeth?
It turns out Prince Philip had a much simpler reason to bring her over.
Blanchett told the story to U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross:
There were 12 of us, and I couldn't work out for the life of me why I'd been invited. Playing Queen Elizabeth and sitting next to her, I thought, 'Maybe she's seen the movie and wants to ask me about my interpretation.'
@theheraldsun He has staff. Pulling her leg, I expect.— Marie (@Marie)1536655519.0
Sitting next to Prince Philip himself, Blanchett was surprised when he broached his main concern:
I sat next to [Philip] and he said, 'I hear you're an actor? I was given a DVD player for Christmas and I can't work out whether I put the green cord in or the red cord.'
Apparently, Prince Philip once asked Cate Blanchett to fix his DVD player because she worked “in the film industry”. Brilliant.— Richard Gray (@Richard Gray)1493900836.0
That's when it all became clear...
I thought, 'He's invited me to lunch to tell me about his DVD player!'
Prince Philip, on being introduced to Cate Blanchett as someone who works in movies. "Oh good, can you fix our DVD player?" #HIGNFY— Joe Utichi (@Joe Utichi)1320024530.0
British stars Ray Winstone and Paul Whitehouse also shared their favorite royal encounters on Jonathan Ross's show. Winstone told the tale of the fateful day Prince Philip "pulled up in a car and the window went down on the Range Rover and he said 'What are you doing?'"
I said, 'We're making a film, Sir . . . with Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Caine, would you like to meet them?' And he went, 'No.'
Prince Philip once turned down the chance to meet Michael Caine. Presumably because he felt he didn’t do enough in “Zulu”.— Back And To The Left (@Back And To The Left)1536420103.0
Winstone and Whitehouse were appearing on Ross's show to promote their new movie, King of Thieves, with Sir Michael Caine!
Blanchett appeared on the show alongside Jack Black to plug The House with a Clock in Its Walls—a movie that might not have captured the excitement of Prince Philip but will be a great time when it premiers nonetheless!
Hopefully Prince Philip will have his DVD player situation worked out by the time these movies appear on the shelves—I'm sure he'd be big fans of both!
Prince Philip being introduced to Cate Blanchett .. What do you do? I work in movies your highness.. Oh lovely! Can you fix our DVD player?— Leonidas (@Leonidas)1344297157.0