Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan’s apology from the Queen

Paul Hogan opens up about his health

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Legendary actor Paul Hogan recalled the moment he sparked controversy after he met the late Queen Elizabeth II wearing nothing but a cut off flannel shirt and shorts after performing a show. The Crocodile Dundee actor addressed the picture which stirred up global attention.

The 83-year-old famously met Her Majesty and Prince Philip at the Sydney Opera House in 1980 wearing a cut off flannel and shorts.

Speaking about the photo, in a sit down interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw on Nine, he admittedly got a lot of “flack” for his attire.

She brought up the photo taken from Paul’s book, Australia According to Hoges, where he discussed meeting the Queen and the royal’s subsequent apology.

“I love that shot,” the comedian said. “I got a lot of flack over that but the Queen didn’t mind.”

In a previous interview, Paul shared that others had been left “horrified” by his casual outfit on the night he met the royals.

In an interview with Jonesy and Amanda back in 2020, he explained that it was his “summer working uniform”

“The stubbies and the torn-off shirt was the standard builders (and) labourers uniform back in the 70s,” he joked.

He addressed the Queen again in his candid chat with Angela last month, where he revealed she offered him an apology during that same meeting after she “won” a prize to have dinner at his home.

“The show we did at the Opera House for entertaining her, part of the thing I did was to pretend to draw the lucky seat prize,” he said.

“I drew two names out, which obviously was the Queen and Philip, and said the prize that they’d won was dinner at my place, and told them how to get there, what bus to catch and all that kind of stuff – was all funny.”

Paul added: “But when I met her, she then leaned over and said, ‘I’m sorry dear, I don’t think we’ll be able to make dinner’, which is great, she’s got a sense of humour.”

The Queen died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle as tributes poured in from around the world, as the public mourned the loss of Britain’s longest reigning monarch.


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Elsewhere, Paul opened up about his recent health woes as the actor revealed he has lost all of his body fat.

The comedian revealed he’s been diagnosed with retroperitoneal fibrosis.

Speaking about the inflammatory disorder on Australia’s A Current Affair, Paul said: “I’ve lost all my body fat.”

The Golden Globe Award-winning actor stated that all his muscles have “shrank” and the condition has left him feeling “feeble”.

He went on: “I get Chance [his 24-year-old son] to open jars for me.

“Quite a few of my friends on diets hate me… because I try and eat everything fatty and lardy you can think of.

“Everything they’re not allowed to have. I can’t put on an ounce.”

Retroperitoneal fibrosis is when there is an “abnormal formation of fibre-like tissue” that “occurs behind the membrane that lines the cavity of the abdomen”.

Most commonly the condition presents itself by creating pain in the lower back or abdomen.

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