Tuesday 24 October 2017

1D's Liam Payne: I was sweating with nerves when we met Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets boy band One Direction at The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer prior to The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London.
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

One Direction singer Liam Payne lost his cool when meeting the future Queen of England.

Last week the singer and his One Direction bandmates Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan had the honour of meeting the royal and her husband Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting boy band One Direction at the Royal Variety Performance

The boys were extremely nervous about speaking to the couple at the Royal Variety Performance in London - but 21-year-old Liam suffered the most.

Read more: When Kate Middleton (and bump) met Harry Styles at the Royal Variety show

“When we first met them, at the start it was so, so scary. My palms were sweating," he cringed to The Sun.

“When I was talking to Kate [Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge] I had to wipe them on the back of my trousers — but it looked like I was rubbing my ass!”

Luckily, he needn't have worried and the meeting went down very well. The boys even shared some football banter with William and pulled some of their usual cheeky tricks.

“Kate was doing a shot with [English comedian] Michael McIntyre but the camera was looking right at us," he continued.

“So Wills said, ‘I’m sure we can get a couple of photo bombs in here, lads. Let’s go for it.'"

Niall added: “We were pulling silly faces in the background.”

The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London.
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London.

One Direction are currently promoting their latest album Four and gearing up for their On the Road Again Tour, which kicks off in February next year. When they do get downtime, the band indulge their love of music by listening to their favourite artists.

"The one thing I’ve been listening to lately is the Ben Howard cover of Hideaway on the Radio 1 Live Lounge. I can’t wait to get into his new stuff," Liam enthused.

Meanwhile it is being reported that Kate and William will take in a Nets basketball game when they are in New York for three days next month.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets a finalist in the child champion award, Georgia Alvey, from Cotsford Junior school in County Durham at the Place2be Wellbeing in Schools Awards Reception at Kensington Palace
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets a finalist in the child champion award, Georgia Alvey, from Cotsford Junior school in County Durham at the Place2be Wellbeing in Schools Awards Reception at Kensington Palace
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Place2be Wellbeing in Schools Awards Reception at Kensington Palace
The Duchess of Cambridge (left) meeting Bette Midler at the end of the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre in London.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Pembroke Refinery on November 8, 2014 in Pembroke, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit Pembroke Refinery on November 8, 2014 in Pembroke, Wales. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit Pembroke Refinery on November 8, 2014 in Pembroke, Wales. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
William Richards (left) shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the main control room at their visit to the Valero Pembroke Refinery
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) is greeted by Chief Executive Nick Barton (L) as she arrives to attends an Autumn Gala Evening in Support of Action on Addiction at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends an Autumn Gala Evening in Support of Action on Addiction at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L'Anima
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala Evening at L'Anima
Duchess of Cambridge and museum director Michael Dixon (L) attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards
The Duchess of Cambridge with museum director Michael Dixon at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London. Photo credit: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire
Duchess of Cambridge, presents the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award to Carlos Perez Naval during the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 Awards Ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London. REUTERS/Arthur Edwards
Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Natural History Museum in London. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet the president of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel in London
(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Tan depart the Royal Garden Hotel
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge departs the Royal Garden Hotel
(L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Tan depart the Royal Garden Hotel
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are seen as they welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam (not seen) at the Royal Garden Hotel
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's skirt catches the wind as she is seen ready to welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam (not seen) at the Royal Garden Hotel
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are seen as they welcome the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam (not seen) at the Royal Garden Hotel

The high profile pair will be in the city from December 7th  to 9th.

It will be their first visit to the U.S. since a 2011 trip to California and 16-month-old son George will not join them.

Kate (32)  is expecting the second royal arrival in April.

Additional reporting by Wire Agencies

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