Ten years ago, Cate Blanchett first portrayed the Queen in the film Elizabeth, and her intimate lunch with Her Majesty and Prince Philip sounds like an experience straight out of a movie. The Hollywood actress recently opened up about her afternoon with the royals on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday (Sept. 1), and the details are quite hilarious. It looks like her star power works on everyone but the Royal Family!
Having played the iconic monarch twice before on the big screen, Cate thought she might’ve been asked about the experience. Not so much! “I went to their house once for lunch. There were 12 of us and I couldn’t work out for the life of me why I’d been invited. Playing Queen Elizabeth and sitting next to her, I thought, maybe she’s seen the movie and wants to ask me about my interpretation,” she explained, but it was Prince Philip who ended up asking the questions.
“I sat next to him and he said ‘I hear you’re an actor? I was given a DVD player for Christmas and I can’t work out whether I put the green cord in or the red cord.” Royals really are just like us. It wasn’t quite what the 49-year-old star was expecting, of course – to discuss DVDs rather than movies themselves. “I thought, he’s invited me to lunch to tell me about his DVD player!”
British actors Paul Whitehouse, 60, and Ray Winstone, 61, were also on the show and happened to score an invite along with their friend, Cate. They, too, had a rather funny anecdote from the royal experience. “Prince Philip came to visit us on set one day. We were filming in Windsor. He pulled up in a car and the window went down on the Range Rover and he said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘We’re making a film, sir.’ I said, ‘Yes, with Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Caine, would you like to meet them?’ And he went, ‘No.’”
And it looks like the Queen and Philip aren’t the only ones who are less than impressed with Cate’s Hollywood prowess. Her children have followed suit, as she said she has “no brownie points” from her four kids. “[My children] do and they don’t [watch my films]. My son gave me some great career advice a few days ago. He said, ‘Mum, when are you going to make a blockbuster?’ I said, ‘I was in Lord of the Rings!’ And he said, ‘Yeah for about 30 seconds.’ So, it didn’t really count.”