Actor Russell Crowe has revealed that he won’t be attending the coronation of King Charles III on May 6th, and he believes it’s because of his previous meeting with the British Royal Family. During an appearance on the Triple M Breakfast Brisbane shows, the Gladiator star explained that he failed to follow “protocol” during his last meeting with the Royals.
According to Crowe, the equerry instructed him to refer to the princes as “your highness”, but he couldn’t bring himself to do it. “The thing is, that’s just not in my DNA,” the 59-year-old actor explained. “I’m always respectful and I’m always very pleased to meet people, but the ‘your highness’ thing, it’s just not in my nature.”
Instead, Crowe addressed Prince Harry and William as “mates”, which apparently left the equerry quite flustered. As a result, the actor believes he won’t be receiving an invitation to the coronation. “It’s probably due to the last time I was introduced to royalty,” he said.
Crowe also took to Twitter to express his indifference towards the coronation, stating that he viewed the costumes, ritual, and pageantry with “distant interest, if any”. He added, “I don’t know what it’s all supposed to mean in 2023, nor in any other time for that matter.”
While the actor won’t be attending King Charles III’s coronation, he did offer some support for the new monarch. “I don’t really think we need a King, but I’m sure Charles III will do the very best job he can,” he concluded.
It remains to be seen who will be attending the coronation, which will take place on May 6th at Westminster Abbey. The event is expected to draw dignitaries and royals from around the world.