14 unlikely royal friendships that will surprise you

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Who does the British royal family like to hang out with? Their choice of pals is often unexpected.

Eddie Redmayne and Prince William

 Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne went to school with Prince William at Eton and even played on the same rugby team. Although the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor says William was “substantially” the better player, “The thing about playing rugby with Prince William is it was great for us, because all the people from the other schools would want to tackle him because they could go home and tell their families they tackled Prince William. So we were sort of running around with no one on us,” he said in an interview. The schoolmates recently caught up a couple of years ago at an event, where Redmayne says they bonded over being new dads.

David Beckham and Princes William and Harry

 Soccer legend David Beckham might be a national United Kingdom treasure, and he certainly has the approval of the royal family. Beckham and his wife, Victoria, attended both Prince William’s and Prince Harry’s weddings. He even hung out with Queen Elizabeth at an event at Buckingham Palace. “I’ve been here a couple of times now, and every time it is very special,” Beckham told reporters. But Beckham cast his friendship with the princes in a more ordinary light. “It’s a very normal relationship,” he told Esquire. “They’re very easy to get along with.” Check out these candid, rarely seen photos of the royal family.

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Princess Beatrice

William and Harry aren’t the only royal members of their generation with celebrity friends. Their cousin Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s daughter, has her own BFF celeb pals in Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The princess reportedly met the couple through Beatrice’s now-ex, Dave Clark. The buds shared an Uber in New York City, hung outat a mutual friend’s wedding, and even vacationed together in St. Tropez.

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