With the spotlight on them practically all of the time, the royal family are celebrities in their own right. And along with overseeing the well-being of the U.K., royal duties also include a fair share of lavish events and star-studded functions. Whether it's a royal wedding, a grand ball, or the annual royal ascot, there's endless opportunity for the royal family and celebrities to cross paths, and they often do. In fact, many celebs have become close friends with members of the royal family. These 18 photos of the royals mingling with celebrities show how often their worlds intersect.
One of the most obvious examples of the celebrity and royal worlds colliding was Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018. When the actress, who starred in the TV drama Suits, joined the family, many of her famous Hollywood friends were there to celebrate alongside her. On the special day, the royal family rubbed shoulders with the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Patrick J. Adams, and James Corden. Meghan isn't the only royal with famous friends though, and each of these photos reveal there's been countless times celebs have found their way into elite social circles of the royals.
Meghan has proven to be a supportive friend to Williams time and time again, by showing her support on the tennis court each season.
Prince William and David Beckham are good pals, and he even attended Prince William's April 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton. "It’s a very normal relationship, with Harry as well,’ Beckham told Esquire magazine of the royal friendship in his August 2012 cover story.
Ellie Goulding is such good friends with Kate and her hubby, she was asked to sing at their April 2011 wedding.
The late King of Pop and late Princess Diana were extremely close, bound by their shared struggles with lack of privacy. In a 1997 interview with Barbara Walters, Jackson recalled just how tight they were.
"Diana woke me up usually late at night… mostly after three in the morning! And then she held me for hours on the telephone. She talked about children, the press," he said.
As one of the most iconic British supermodels of the '90s, it's no surprise Moss has friends in high places. In addition to reports she once had a crazy party night out with Prince Harry, Moss met his brother Prince William at a 2014 gala.
Princess Diana was friends with the Rocketman himself. In September 2019, John reflected on her tragic passing on Instagram. "Miss you so much," he captioned a throwback pic with her.
Things looked completely chummy between the Duchess of Cambridge and actress Reese Witherspoon on July 10, 2011, as they crossed paths at the launch of Tusk Trust's US Patron's Circle in Santa Barbara, California.
Rihanna and Harry were all smiles as they teamed up to combat HIV/AIDS at an event held by the Barbados National HIV/AIDS Commission in December 2016.
Princess Diana once met Tom Hanks in London during a film screening of Apollo 13.
Prince Harry chatted it up with music icon Bon Jovi in February 2020 when he invited the musician to Abbey Road Studios where the Invictus Games Choir was recording a new song.
Prince Charles shared a laugh with Perry during a reception for supporters of the British Asian Trust in February 2020 in London, England.
Prince William shook hands with the pop music icon that is Harry Styles in November 2014 when they both (along with the rest of One Direction) attended the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.
Winfrey became so close with Meghan and Harry throughout the process of filming their March 2021 interview that she paid them a visit at their backyard chicken farm.
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