BBC Big Night In: Prince William jokes he hasn’t seen Tiger King as he ‘avoids shows about royalty’

Comedy sketch also saw Stephen Fry reprise one of his most famous Blackadder characters

Adam White
Thursday 23 April 2020 20:26
Prince William says he hasn’t seen Tiger King as he ‘tends to avoid shows about royalty'

Prince William has joked that he has yet to watch Tiger King as he “tends to avoid shows about royalty”.

Appearing in a comedy sketch for the BBC charity event Big Night In, the Duke of Cambridge conversed with Stephen Fry, who was portraying his Blackadder character Lord Melchett – the personal advisor to Queen Elizabeth I.

William, appearing on Melchett’s laptop, asked him for television recommendations, revealing that he was feeling slightly out of sorts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s hell without EastEnders,” William confessed.

Melchett responded: “They tell me Tiger King is rather good?”

“I tend to avoid shows about royalty,” William replied.

A Netflix sensation, the docuseries Tiger King revolves around the rivalry between a big cat breeder and the woman he was convicted of conspiring to kill.

After Melchett reminded William that it was nearly time for the pair to go their separate ways, the Duke said that he had to make a few clothing changes beforehand.

“Let me just see if I can find my socks, and my shoes and my trousers.”

William then led the night’s clap for carers with wife Kate Middleton and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

The sketch came an hour into the BBC’s live event, put together by Comic Relief and Children in Need. It aims to raise money for the fight against coronavirus.

Presented by names including Lenny Henry, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball, Davina McCall and Paddy McGuinness, it features comedy sketches and stars performing from their own homes and appearing via video link.

Follow along with the BBC’s Big Night In on our live blog.

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