Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark ‘ran out’ after very awkward moment with Prince William
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Chris Stark, 33, was sent to interview Prince William at his home of Kensington Palace alongside close friend Peter Crouch just before lockdown occurred. The three men sat around a table drinking pints of beer and discussing mental health, which was later broadcast on the latter’s hugely-popular podcast.
I really needed the loo
All was going well until Chris suddenly felt a strong urge to go to the toilet.
The BBC Radio 1 DJ exclusively told Express.co.uk: “I remember when we recorded the podcast, this is something that never got into the podcast… but I remember at one point I really needed the loo.
“And the thing was we were like two or three pints in, which is mad in itself and you know when you get that feeling where you don’t know if you should make a point of it.
“But then we had this moment on the podcast where it was just really distracting me, I was sitting there and I had got to the end of my pint.”
Deciding that he could no longer hold it in, Chris acknowledged he would have to alert Palace aides that he needed to use the restroom.
He continued: “I looked up and I said to him, I still can’t believe I said this, I was like, ‘Look I’m going, to be honest, I really need to go to the loo, are we going to have another pint? Or shall I wait till the end?’ And he [Prince William]was like, ‘Oh.’
“I could see the people behind him just sort of looking at each other.
“Then he was like, ‘We can have another drink, if you want?’ So I thought brilliant, ran out, and went to find a toilet in Kensington Palace! Had a p**s and came back.”
Once alone in the toilet, Chris came to realise that the situation was surreal as he left Prince William waiting in the other room.
He explained: “When I was having this p**s I was thinking to myself, ‘My god, this is mad, has that ever happened to him before? Where he’s been left waiting while someone goes to the toilet’.
“The best thing was I came back and my pint had been refilled. That was amazing,” Chris recalled.
It comes as Chris and wife Ria welcomed a baby boy during lockdown, while the DJ continued to fulfil his professional commitments on BBC Radio 1 and The Peter Crouch Podcast.
Being at home and trying to work with a newborn has also presented its own unique challenges, with Chris often enduring sleepless nights.
He continued: “Having a little baby in the house and trying to do the radio show is a really tough mix.
“There’s times on this little desk in front of me where I am just desperately trying to stop my baby crying [through a monitor].
“But you know what, having a baby in that time is something really special and it meant I’m not getting any sleep… that is the truth of it, I’m really struggling with sleep.”
At the time of his son’s birth, Chris decided to play a practical joke on fans by tweeting that they had named him Troy, after Watford player Troy Deeney, 32.
However, the star did not expect that the hilarious prank would go viral, with some reporting it as fact.
He confessed: “I didn’t think much about it, I just tweeted it, and then I got a call later on from a paper asking if it was true.
“I got in a load of trouble because my poor wife started getting messaged by people, it started going everywhere that my baby was named after this Watford player.”
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