Lots of people aspire to become friends with celebrities, but most celebrities only dream of striking up a friendship with royalty. Here are just some of the celebrities who count the royal family as friends.
Rihanna and Prince Harry met (opens in new tab) during his tour of the Caribbean in 2016. They bonded during their photo op, took HIV tests live on camera with each other, and even attended a concert, because friendship.
The Obamas have a great relationship with the royals. They've met with Prince William, Kate Middleton, (opens in new tab) and Prince Harry (opens in new tab) on multiple occasions and they always look like the best of friends.
There's no word on whether or not Taylor keeps in touch with the royals, but she did famously sing "Livin' on a Prayer" with Bon Jovi and Prince William during a Kensington Palace charity event in 2013
"If he ever wants me to sing with him again I'll be there," Swift said (opens in new tab) of singing with the royal. "It was a night I will remember till I'm very, very old. The whole evening was completely wondrous."
Prince William and the Oscar-winner attended Eton College together and played on the same rugby team. In early 2015, Redmayne said (opens in new tab) they hadn't kept in touch. "He was a pal at school, but I haven’t seen him since school."
Later that year, however, the pair reunited at the Audi Polo Challenge in Cambridge and it was glorious.
The Beckhams are close with the royal family. They scored a highly-coveted invitation to Will and Kate's wedding in 2011 and have met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
"It's a very normal relationship," David Beckham said (opens in new tab) of his friendship with the princes. "They're very easy to get along with. They love their sport."
Cara Delevingne, Margot Robbie, and Suki Waterhouse
Cara and Prince Harry go way back and the model has introduced the royal to other celebrities, like actresses Margot Robbie and Suki Waterhouse. The group were all snapped in a photo booth (opens in new tab) together in 2016. In addition to taking adorable party pictures together, Cara, Margot, and Harry regularly exchange texts (opens in new tab).
Elton John was famously close with Princess Diana before her untimely death in 1997 and performed (opens in new tab) "Candle in the Wind" for her at her funeral.
Ellie Goulding is good friends with several members of the royal family and even performed (opens in new tab) at William and Kate's wedding in 2011.
The singer and Prince Harry have been friends for a long time. They served in the British Army together. Blunt performed at the 2016 Invictus Games after Harry invited him via text (opens in new tab).
The singer has been good friends with Princes Harry (and William) for years now.
"He’s just a lovely guy," she said (opens in new tab). "I’ve come into contact with Harry and William for years now and we as a country we watch them grow and we watch them do lovely things and I think all of us as a nation should be proud of those boys, those men."
Rod Stewart and Prince Charles are good friends and have been for years. Stewart was the ambassador for Charle's foundation, the Prince's Trust, and, in 2008, he performed at Charles’ 60th birthday (opens in new tab) party.
Kate Middleton met Reese Witherspoon during her royal tour of Canada and North America in 2011. The two hit it off and Kate reportedly (opens in new tab) sent Reese a gift when her son, Tennessee, was born in 2012.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
The former power couple met the late Princess Diana at a screening of Far and Away in 1992. Both actors attended Diana's funeral in 1997.
It was an unlikely friendship indeed, but Joan Rivers and Prince Charles were very good friends (opens in new tab). Rivers attended Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005 and later performed at his 60th birthday party.
In 2016, Martin's band, Coldplay, headlined a concert (opens in new tab) for Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale and Harry joined the band on stage, like best friends do.
The Oscar-winner is friends with Prince Albert of Monac0. Both are avid environmentalists (opens in new tab) who have worked together to make the world a cleaner place.
Nicole Kidman appears on this list a second time thank to her friendship with Jordan monarch Queen Rania. The pair reportedly met at a luncheon, hit it off immediately, and have been friends ever since.
Lady Gaga and Prince William united (opens in new tab) in 2017 to speak up about a cause they both care about—encouraging people to open up about mental health (opens in new tab). The singer met William's younger brother, Harry, two years earlier at a Gala Concert in aid of WellChild in London.
Williams is close to a soon-to-be royal, which makes her worthy of this list. She and Meghan Markle have known each other for years and Meghan describes (opens in new tab) the tennis legend as one of her "closest friends."
The Spice Girls singer has known Prince Harry for more than 20 years and gushes about the man he's grown to be.
"I met Prince Harry when he was about 10. I've seen him grow up and it's brilliant what he's done with his life—it's all for a great cause," she said (opens in new tab) in 2014. "He's shown people he cares and he's got a great heart and spirit."
The Olympian and Prince Harry have been pals for years. In 2017, the sprinter joked (opens in new tab) that he plans to throw Harry three bachelor parties ahead of his wedding to Meghan Markle.
"I’m thinking about having three. My idea is to have one in Kingston, one in Vegas, and one in London," he said. "I know it’s a lot to ask but these are his last nights of freedom. I will personally call Meghan and take responsibility for getting him home safely after each."
The actor cameoed (opens in new tab) in Star Wars alongside Prince Harry and Prince William. Hardy and Harry also crossed paths at the Audi Polo Challenge in 2014 and 2016.
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