Prince William and Prince George have the sweetest father-son relationship, and the duke has loved passing down some of his childhood favourites to his son – but he’s having a bit more trouble sharing his love for the 1981 cartoon Danger Mouse . While the show’s creator Brian Cosgrove was receiving an OBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (Nov. 7), the two got to chatting about the show. Brian said: “He said, ‘I grew up on them, you did Wind of the Willows, didn’t you?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I did,’ and he said, ‘Wonderful.’”
The BAFTA Award winning director continued about their lighthearted moment and the reason the doting dad can’t watch Danger Mouse with his five-year-old. “I said that it was a pleasure meeting him and he said that it was a pleasure to meet me, too. It’s quite surreal. [William] told me he was trying to get his son George into [the show] but they’re not on at the moment, the series we did, they sold it to Canada. I said, ‘You’d have to go to Canada to watch it!’”
The hit show follows the adventures of a secret agent mouse and his hamster assistant, Penfold. Brian, 84, continued: “It’s 30, 40 years ago since we made them, so for people to still know them, it really is quite touching.” And though the director found some common ground with Prince William, he still faced the nerves that come with meeting royalty. “I’m not quite sure what one expects, to come down and do something like this. My wife and I spent quite a lot of time saying, ‘I wish it was over,’ because of the nervousness of it.”
The Duke of Cambridge’s natural charisma clearly put him at ease and is also what makes the royal so loveable. That, and his sense of humour! While he was congratulating actress Emma Thompson on receiving her own OBE, she shared of the experience: “I love Prince William. I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other. I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ and he said, ‘No, don’t!’” Emma, 59, is also well-loved for her humour and relatability – in fact, she chose to don a pair of sneakers to head to Buckingham Palace that day! But the crisp white ‘Stella Stan Smith’ Adidas kicks (CA$403) perfectly complimented her incredible teal-and-black suit, so we’d say that choice was a fashion win for the leading lady.