Paul Gascoigne, the renowned football legend, took Prince William by surprise today when he planted a heartfelt peck on the royal’s cheek. As the Duke of Sussex heads to the WellChild awards in the capital, Prince William, 41, encountered a surprise gesture at Bournemouth’s Pret A Manger from the football legend.
Meanwhile, the winds of change blew as Prince Harry, a good stone’s throw away, made plans to land in London. Rumours suggest that meetings with King Charles or Prince William may not happen for him. Meanwhile, William engaged warmly with Bournemouth admirers, unfazed by the royal chatter. Moreover, Charles was said to be painting the town red in Scotland.
To highlight his five-year Homewards project against homelessness, William made an impromptu visit to the sandwich shop. And lo and behold, in walked Gascoigne. The royal and the footballer shared a handshake before Gascoigne boldly leaned in for a notable kiss.
Such gestures are quite the break from British royal etiquette for those in the know. Traditional norms see men offering a respectful bow of the neck to monarchs. William, embodying modern royalty, gracefully embraced the moment with the former England midfielder.
Afterwards, Gazza, the ex-Spurs and Rangers star, revealed: “I’ve met him a couple of times and met him at Wembley (Euro 2020 semi finals), he loves his football, I climbed over a few chairs to talk to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.
“I came past Pret and someone said William was there so I saw him and gave another peck on the cheek.
“He’s a good-looking guy. He said ‘I even got a kiss’.
“He said he has been watching us from afar. I help homeless here in Bournemouth I often give them ciggies and sandwiches.”
The grapevine suggests that Gascoigne’s royal rendezvous was not on the day’s official docket. After Thursday’s awards, Harry heads to Dusseldorf for the Invictus games, with his relationship with the Duke of Sussex appearing strained recently.
This visit marks Harry’s inaugural return to British soil since the momentous coronation of King Charles. However, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is notably missing from his side. Furthermore, the royal cherubs, Archie and Lilibet, are expected to sit this trip out.
As the week draws to a close, the nation stands poised to commemorate the solemn anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Senior royals, in their time-honoured tradition, will converge at the Balmoral estate in Scotland to pay their respects.
Harry’s recent Netflix series didn’t reach the top ten despite its potential. The Duke discussed his struggles after his mother’s loss, and even with gripping stories of injured soldiers at the 2022 Invictus Games, the docuseries hasn’t gained traction.
As the week ends, the nation prepares to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn anniversary. Senior royals, in their time-honoured tradition, will converge at the Balmoral estate in Scotland to pay their respects.
This poignant moment shadows the recent news of Harry’s Netflix venture, which, despite its promise, failed to crack the top ten. Despite its potential, Harry’s Netflix series didn’t hit the top ten. The Duke shared his struggles after his mother’s loss, but the docuseries, featuring soldiers at the 2022 Invictus Games, hasn’t taken off.