King Charles and the Queen Consort visited the football to learn more about Wrexham's regeneration

US star Rob McElhenney cracked a joke about ‘Megflix’ after meeting King Charles alongside Ryan Reynolds in Wrexham today.

The Royals visited Wrexham AFC, which was bought by the actors in 2021, on Friday and met players and staff as well as the co-chairmen during a tour of the Racecourse Ground.

Deadpool actor Reynolds and McElhenney, who stars in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, joked they had had etiquette lessons ahead of the visit.

The actors said they had not watched the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Netflix show, which aired the day before the visit, with McElhenney saying: ‘I’ve never heard of it.’

King Charles and the Queen Consort visited the football to learn more about Wrexham's regeneration

King Charles and the Queen Consort visited the football to learn more about Wrexham’s regeneration 

The King and Queen Consort met Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as they paid a visit to the football club owned by the stars.

The Royals visited Wrexham AFC, which was bought by the actors in 2021, on Friday and met players and staff as well as the co-chairmen during a tour of the Racecourse Ground.

Deadpool actor Reynolds and McElhenney, who stars in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, joked they had had etiquette lessons ahead of the visit.

Speaking to media ahead of their meeting, Reynolds said: ‘I would say that we’re impossibly excited to welcome him to the Racecourse ground, this historic church that resides in the heart of Wrexham and is the heart of Wrexham.

King Charles appeared to share a joke with Hollywood A-Lister Ryan Reynolds - who purchased the Welsh football club in February 2021

King Charles appeared to share a joke with Hollywood A-Lister Ryan Reynolds – who purchased the Welsh football club in February 2021

The king and Camilla spoke to the celebrity Wrexham owners during their visit to the football club

The king and Camilla spoke to the celebrity Wrexham owners during their visit to the football club

The King was all smiles as he met with players as Welcome to Wrexham cameras filmed during the visit

The King was all smiles as he met with players as Welcome to Wrexham cameras filmed during the visit

The monarch also signed the visitors' book during his visit to the National Trust managed estate of Erddig, as part of his visit

The monarch also signed the visitors’ book during his visit to the National Trust managed estate of Erddig, as part of his visit 

The king was later seen planting an oak sapling, grown from the ancient Pontfadog Oak, while  watched by Wales' Frist Minister Mark Drakeford

The king was later seen planting an oak sapling, grown from the ancient Pontfadog Oak, while  watched by Wales’ Frist Minister Mark Drakeford

The king could be seen talking with staff and volunteers during a visit to Erddig in Wrexham, north Wales

The king could be seen talking with staff and volunteers during a visit to Erddig in Wrexham, north Wales

Charles wasn't afraid to get muddy as he dug a hole for the oak sapling as part of his Wrexham visit today

Charles wasn’t afraid to get muddy as he dug a hole for the oak sapling as part of his Wrexham visit today

Wales' Frist Minister watched on as the monarch busied himself with planting the oak sapling today

Wales’ Frist Minister watched on as the monarch busied himself with planting the oak sapling today

The king - who was formerly the Prince of Wales - was all smiles during his visit to Wrexham today

The king – who was formerly the Prince of Wales – was all smiles during his visit to Wrexham today

King Charles' visit was marked with the planting of an oak sapling during a trip to Wrexham

King Charles’ visit was marked with the planting of an oak sapling during a trip to Wrexham

The king appeared in high spirits as he chatted with attendees during his visit to Wales today

The king appeared in high spirits as he chatted with attendees during his visit to Wales today

The monarch spoke with Erddig Head Gardener Glyn Smith about the varieties of apples grown on the estate

The monarch spoke with Erddig Head Gardener Glyn Smith about the varieties of apples grown on the estate

The King appeared to be in great spirits speaking to one his former protection officers, Andy Palmer, whose son Ollie Palmer is a Wrexham strike

The King appeared to be in great spirits speaking to one his former protection officers, Andy Palmer, whose son Ollie Palmer is a Wrexham strike

The King smiled and shook hands with his former aide Andy palmer at Wrexham football club

The King smiled and shook hands with his former aide Andy palmer at Wrexham football club 

The Queen Consort pictured meeting fans and staff at Racecourse Ground in Wrexham

The Queen Consort pictured meeting fans and staff at Racecourse Ground in Wrexham

Queen Camilla wrapped up for the winter weather in a camel coloured coat and fluffy hat with a dark brown croc handbag

Queen Camilla wrapped up for the winter weather in a camel coloured coat and fluffy hat with a dark brown croc handbag 

The Queen paired her ensemble with drop pearl earrings and a light brown scarf for a meeting with actors and players at the racecourse

The Queen paired her ensemble with drop pearl earrings and a light brown scarf for a meeting with actors and players at the racecourse 

Rob McElenney

Ryan Reynolds

Left: Rob McElenney pictured at Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Right: Ryan Reynolds watches on as King Charles meets stadium staff and fans

‘Rob and I both said early on, and this holds true and for the rest of our lives, we will do anything to uplift and elevate this community and this club and having the King pay a visit is certainly one way to do it. That’s for sure. Very excited.’

The actors said they had not watched the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial Netflix show, which aired the day before the visit.

McElhenney said: ‘I’ve never heard of it.’

The stars have chronicled their takeover of the club in documentary Welcome to Wrexham, which was being filmed when the King and Camilla visited.

King Charles walked up into the stands of Racecourse Ground to meet with the team

King Charles walked up into the stands of Racecourse Ground to meet with the team

King Charles III (left) speaks to speaks to former striker Dixie McNeil during a visit to Wrexham Association Football Club's Racecourse Ground

King Charles III (left) speaks to speaks to former striker Dixie McNeil during a visit to Wrexham Association Football Club’s Racecourse Ground

King Charles and the Queen Consort pictured walking out onto the pitch

King Charles and the Queen Consort pictured walking out onto the pitch

Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney shook hands with King Charles on the pitch

Wrexham co-owner Rob McElhenney shook hands with King Charles on the pitch

Ryan Reynolds and King Charles

Ryan Reynolds and King Charles

Ryan Reynolds and King Charles spoke for a few moments before posing for pictures

King Charles shares a laugh with the comedic actor Ryan Reynolds as they stood to be photographed

King Charles shares a laugh with the comedic actor Ryan Reynolds as they stood to be photographed

Ryan Reynolds talks with King Charles III at Wrexham Association Football Club's Racecourse Ground

Ryan Reynolds talks with King Charles III at Wrexham Association Football Club’s Racecourse Ground

Queen Consort Camilla pictured speaking with Rob McElhenney on the football pitch

Queen Consort Camilla pictured speaking with Rob McElhenney on the football pitch

Queen Consort cracks a smile as she speaks with Wrexham A.F.C co-owner Ryan Reynolds

Queen Consort cracks a smile as she speaks with Wrexham A.F.C co-owner Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney nervously adjust their jackets before the meeting

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney nervously adjust their jackets before the meeting

Ryan Reynolds put his arm around Rob McElhenney as they waited to meet the monarch

Ryan Reynolds put his arm around Rob McElhenney as they waited to meet the monarch

McElhenney said he thought the King must be a fan of the club.

He said: ‘This is an incoming call. So we hope that he’s a fan. If not, we’ll make him a fan.’

Reynolds said he hoped to talk to the monarch about the work they were doing to improve the club and stadium.

He said: ‘I would love to tell him a little bit about what it is that we’re hoping to achieve with the renovation of the Kop stand, and it’s not even a renovation, I would say that it’s a complete reimagining of the Kop stand, and what that will mean to not just the club, but the community of Wrexham as well.’

King Charles III and Co-Owner Wrexham AFC Ryan Reynolds talk to players during their visit to Wrexham AFC

King Charles III and Co-Owner Wrexham AFC Ryan Reynolds talk to players during their visit to Wrexham AFC

The King appeared to be in fantastic spirits for the visit, which saw actor Ryan Reynolds visit the club he co-owns

The King appeared to be in fantastic spirits for the visit, which saw actor Ryan Reynolds visit the club he co-owns

The King met with the stars and staff who work on the Welcome to Wrexham series

The King met with the stars and staff who work on the Welcome to Wrexham series

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, Chief Executive, Fleur Robinson and Executive Director, Humphrey Ker stand for a photo with King Charles and Queen Camilla

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, Chief Executive, Fleur Robinson and Executive Director, Humphrey Ker stand for a photo with King Charles and Queen Camilla

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney stand for a photo with King Charles and Queen Camilla, as they visit Wrexham Football Club

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney stand for a photo with King Charles and Queen Camilla, as they visit Wrexham Football Club

Asked if he might offer them a gift of Aviation Gin, the company which he owns, Reynolds said: ‘I don’t want to compete with the Royal gin now. That might create a conflict of interest.’

The King and Camilla walked through the players’ tunnel onto the pitch at the ground, where they met Reynolds, McElhenney and club executives and greeted players from the first team before posing for a picture.

The King was heard wishing players luck for their upcoming game on Saturday, while Camilla told another player: ‘It’s an extraordinary story.’

Camilla wore a printed silk dress and Russell and Bromley boots and wrapped up against the cold temperatures in a camel cashmere coat by Anna Valentine and a wide-brimmed fluffy hat.

King Charles engaged with the crowds standing outside of St Giles Chruch to celebrate Wrexham becoming a city

King Charles engaged with the crowds standing outside of St Giles Chruch to celebrate Wrexham becoming a city 

King Charles pictured meeting First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford outside St Giles' Church

King Charles pictured meeting First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford outside St Giles’ Church

The Queen Consort Camilla shook hands with people in the crowds outside St Giles Chruch during their visit

The Queen Consort Camilla shook hands with people in the crowds outside St Giles Chruch during their visit 

The King and Queen arriving at St Giles Church to mark Wrexham becoming a city on December 9

The King and Queen arriving at St Giles Church to mark Wrexham becoming a city on December 9 

They watched football demonstrations from the women and youth teams on the pitch.

The Royals also met staff from the club shop, administration team, coaches and medical staff and learned about the redevelopment of the club from strategic advisor to the board Shaun Harvey, as well as meeting contractors and architects involved in the project.

The King joked about the pitch to head groundsman Paul Chaloner, saying: ‘It is proper grass isn’t it, not that plastic stuff?’

The King and Camilla went on to meet disabled liaison officer for Wrexham AFC, Kerry Evans, and participants of Powerchair football.

Ms Evans, 47, said : ‘It’s very, very special, what an honour.

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are shown a first edition King James Bible and a rare early 14th century chalice in Wrexham

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are shown a first edition King James Bible and a rare early 14th century chalice in Wrexham

The King James bible dates all the way back to the 17th Century

The King James bible dates all the way back to the 17th Century

King Charles and Camilla view letters patent from the late Queen Elizabeth II which conferred city status upon Wrexham

King Charles and Camilla view letters patent from the late Queen Elizabeth II which conferred city status upon Wrexham

The royal couple visited the church after their tour around Wrexham A.F.C football club

The royal couple visited the church after their tour around Wrexham A.F.C football club

The Queen Consort appeared in good spirits during the church service

The Queen Consort appeared in good spirits during the church service

King Charles pictured with First Minister Mark Drakeford after planting an oak sapling

King Charles pictured with First Minister Mark Drakeford after planting an oak sapling

The sapling was grown from the ancient Pontfadog Oak, which stood in the Ceiriog valley for over 1,200 years

The sapling was grown from the ancient Pontfadog Oak, which stood in the Ceiriog valley for over 1,200 years

‘The King and Camilla both said it’s absolutely amazing the work we’ve been doing here.

‘I never thought we’d have royalty at the club, now we’ve had Hollywood royalty and real royalty!’

Wrexham AFC was the first club in Wales to offer Powerchair football, a team participation sport for people who use electric wheelchairs.

The royal couple also met 97-year-old Wrexham fan Arthur Massey. 

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The King and Camilla went on an impromptu walkabout in the sunshine after arriving at St Giles’ Church in Wrexham city centre.

Hundreds lined the streets to greet the royal visitors, despite the freezing temperatures.

Charles shook hands and asked about the cold before telling the crowds to ‘have a stiff drink’ as he joined his wife on the other side of the street.

The couple then met Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and other dignitaries before moving into the church for a service to mark Wrexham becoming a city.

Addressing the packed congregation, the King said: ‘My wife and I are absolutely delighted to be with you in Wrexham today to celebrate your becoming a city.

‘As you know, city status was granted to eight different communities in order to celebrate my late mother’s Platinum Jubilee.

‘As we now mark this historic occasion, we also look back, with mingled sadness and pride, at that extraordinary reign, during which, as you know, my mother’s great love for Wales was always apparent.’

Charles said the church ‘truly deserves’ its designation as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell Netflix documentary was released yesterday

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Netflix documentary was released yesterday

He said: ‘A little earlier today, I had the opportunity to see one of the other wonders of Wrexham, namely the football club, which is busy putting Wrexham on the map as never before.

‘And, of course, this comes after the Welsh national team has brought unprecedented international recognition to Wales through qualifying for the World Cup.

‘The motto of Welsh football – Gorau Chwarae, Cyd Chwarae – sums up the spirit of community, and of joint endeavour, which is so important to Wales, and which, over the years, I have come to know and value more than I can possibly say.’

In the third episode of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s series, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsh – author of the 2018 memoir Brit(ish) – described the Queen’s beloved Commonwealth as being ‘Empire 2.0’ before then going on to describe Prince Harry as ‘anti-racist’. 

Discussing institutional racism in the UK, Afua said in the documentary: ‘Britain calculated that it needed to grant these countries independence in a way that protected its commercial and capitalist interest. So it created this privileged club called the Commonwealth. 

‘The Commonwealth is still described as a club of friends who share common values. I find that language really problematic.

‘I sometimes call the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0′ because that is what it is.’

‘The Commonwealth is still described as a club of friends who share common values. I find that language really problematic.

‘I sometimes call the Commonwealth ‘Empire 2.0′ because that is what it is.’ 

The Commonwealth was founded in December 1931 and currently contains 54 countries. According to the Royal Family’s website, the purpose of the orgnisation is to ‘foster international co-operation and trade links between people all over the world’.

Prince Andrew has been pictured out riding around Windsor this morning

Prince Andrew has been pictured out riding around Windsor this morning

It is the first time the Duke has been pictured since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's documentary dropped

It is the first time the Duke has been pictured since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s documentary dropped

The episode then tells the story of the murder of Stephen Lawrence and shows Harry speaking at a memorial to him, 26 days before his and Meghan’s wedding.

Afua said the black community ‘really appreciated’ his speech, saying his and Meghan’s attendance was ‘really significant’.

She added: ‘It represented a direct attempt to speak to the pain many people still feel as a result of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

‘And that was really welcomed by many black communities in Britain. I always perceived Prince Harry as just another senior royal, a little bit racist, very ignorant.

‘But I have watched him on this journey and seen that he has really embraced the education that is required for someone like him to transform himself into an anti-racist.’

Elsewhere in the series, author Kehinde Andrews claims ‘nothing has changed’ from the UK’s colonial past, apart from the Royal Family’s ‘better PR’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also discuss Princess Michael of Kent a Blackamoor-style brooch to a pre-Christmas event the Duchess of Sussex attended in 2017. She was forced to apologise.

Harry said: ‘In this family sometimes your part of the problem rather than part of the solution. And there is a huge level of unconscious bias. The thing with unconscious bias is actually no one’s fault.’

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