Prince William's Awkward Moment with Cindy Crawford

Iconic Supermodel Reflects on Meeting Young Prince William

by Zain ul Abedin
Prince William's Awkward Moment with Cindy Crawford
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In a fascinating intersection of pop culture and royalty, Cindy Crawford, the iconic supermodel, recently revisited a memorable encounter from her past involving Prince William, then a young teenager. This nostalgic trip down memory lane coincides with Crawford's surprise mention in the latest season of Netflix's acclaimed series, "The Crown." Crawford took to Instagram on Wednesday, sharing her reflections alongside a clip from "The Crown." The episode in question portrays a young Prince William, played by Ed McVey, being teased by Jonathan Pryce's Prince Philip over his admiration for supermodels.

Crawford's post, infused with humor and fondness, recalls her visit to Kensington Palace. There, she met the late Princess Diana and a young William, who was beginning to discover the allure of supermodels. "A little cameo on @thecrownnetflix [eyes emoji] I still vividly remember visiting Kensington Palace to meet Diana and a teenage William (who had just discovered the 'Super Models') [heart emoji]," Crawford posted.

Royal Teenage Blush

The Netflix scene depicts a moment of youthful embarrassment for Prince William. His grandfather, Prince Philip, discovers posters of supermodels in William's school dorm, prompting an awkward yet endearing exchange between the two.

When Philip inquires about the names of the models, a young Prince William hesitantly names Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, and Naomi Campbell, leading to Philip reflecting on the screen idols of his youth. This encounter was not merely a fictionalized account for television but something Prince William himself has spoken about.

In the 2017 documentary "Diana, Our Mother," he reminisced about meeting Crawford and Schiffer, admitting to being wholly awe-struck and embarrassingly clumsy in their presence. "I went bright red and didn't quite know what to say and sort of fumbled," the Prince of Wales shared in the documentary.

"I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up." Prince William's recounting of this episode highlights a humorous and relatable moment from his adolescence and the unique blend of ordinary teenage experiences within the extraordinary context of royal life.

It underscores the universal awkwardness of youth, a sentiment shared by many, royal or not. Furthermore, it's a testament to Princess Diana's more playful side, known for lovingly "embarrassing" her children and embracing humor in her role as a mother.

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