Prince William Was Told to "Netflix and Chill" During an Official Engagement


Prince William, Prince of Wales speaks with students about their experiences as he attends the Royal Africa Society Film Festival at Embankment Garden Cinema on November 02, 2022 in London, England.
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This week, Prince William visited The Garden Cinema in London for the Film Africa biennial festival, organized by the Royal Africa Society.

There, he met with "film makers and students highlighting world-leading creativity," as he wrote on Twitter.

Among those the Prince of Wales met was Mo Abudu, the founder of production company EbonyLife Films, who told him he should watch The King's Horseman, which was produced by EbonyLife and is out now on Netflix.

"He said he hasn't watched a lot of African films but that he would like to and that he's going to watch The King's Horseman," Abudu said (via OK!).

"I said you must 'Netflix and chill' and he nodded.

"I'm excited that I've been able to tell the prince about my film today."

It's unclear whether Abudu literally meant that William should relax from his busy royal schedule and chill out in front of a movie, or if she meant "Netflix and chill" in the more... suggestive way. Either way, William, ever the professional, seems to have taken it in his stride with that most demure of nods.

During a Q&A session as part of the festival, Abudu said, "Black storytelling is key."

She added: "I think it doesn't matter what part of the world we come from, you can be from Africa, you can be American, you can be Black British, you can be from the Caribbean.

"I just think that there's something about being a global Black person and telling stories that reflect the Black consciousness that we need to keep doing.

"Yes, our focus is to tell Black stories because there aren't enough Black stories being told. So it's not about, 'oh, is it reverse racism?' No, it's not. It's actually about diversity."

It sounds like William very much enjoyed his visit, tweeting, "This talented group aren't just the creatives of today, but the leaders of tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!"

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