Helena Bonham Carter Drunkenly Asked Prince William to Be Her Child’s Godfather

Helena Bonham Carter is opening up about the time she made a drunken request to Prince William, and it’s totally something we’d do.

The 53-year-old actress, who plays Princess Margaret in season three of The Crown, appeared on yesterday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Carter recalled a conversation she had with Prince William during a visit to Buckingham Palace (casual) and admitted that she drunkenly asked the royal if he’d be her child’s godfather.

“He just said, ‘You don’t want me to be godfather to your child.’ And I left,” she said. “I mean, obviously, it didn’t work out.”

Carter shares two kids with her ex-husband, Tim Burton: Billy (16) and Nell (11). The actress explained that she wanted her daughter to feel special, since her son has multiple godparents.

“Thing is, I’d spent all my friends as godparents on my first child, so Billy had 11 godparents,” Carter added. “So, I thought I could make up for Nell, you know, who suddenly came along, and we didn’t have any left. I thought, ‘Well, if I give her Prince William that would cover.’ You know?”

Carter went on to say that alcohol fueled her courage. “I wasn’t that drunk, but enough drunk for me not to drink anymore,” she said. “He wasn’t totally sober himself. Not in a bad way, it was just very jolly.”

Hey, we’ll give her an “A” for effort.


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