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Paddy McGuinness reveals Prince Harry gave him a kiss during boozy dance off 

Paddy McGuinness has revealed he once had a topless dance off with Prince Harry which ended with the royal planting a kiss on his lips.

The Top Gear host, 48, revealed the pair’s smooch took place at a post-Soccer Aid party in June 2016, just a few weeks before Harry, 37, met his wife Meghan Markle

Speaking in his new autobiography My Lifey, as seen by The Sun, the host said Harry was eager to visit the fictional island of Fernando’s, the winning destination for couples on dating show Take Me Out which Paddy presented.

Smooch: Paddy McGuinness has revealed he once had a topless dance off with Prince Harry which ended with the royal planting a kiss on his lips (pictured in 2011)

He wrote: ‘To say we were dancing close was an understatement — our chests were touching. He asked me again if I could send him to Fernando’s.

‘He then proceeded to take my shirt off. So now I’m topless, a bottle of beer in each hand, dancing with Prince Harry.’

Paddy said Harry bought the pair Jagerbombs and started a dance-off with the presenter. 

He wrote: ‘We finished dancing and while everyone was cheering, we embraced and he gave me a smacker on the lips.’ 

Party: The Top Gear host, 48, revealed the pair's smooch took place at a post-Soccer Aid party in June 2016

Party: The Top Gear host, 48, revealed the pair’s smooch took place at a post-Soccer Aid party in June 2016, just a few weeks before Harry, 37, met his wife Meghan Markle

Paddy said his friend Jack Whitehall had arranged to meet Prince Harry at Jak’s nightclub in Chelsea for the boozy night out.

The night out was ahead of the England versus Rest of the World charity football match the next day at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium.

Paddy also wrote that One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan along with ex England manager Sam Allardyce looked on in disbelief.

After the kiss, Prince Harry was said to have left the club and was declared an ‘absolute legend’ by all present.

Meeting: Harry and Meghan were said to be introduced just a month later in July 2016 at The Dean Street Townhouse in Soho (pictured in September 2021)

Meeting: Harry and Meghan were said to be introduced just a month later in July 2016 at The Dean Street Townhouse in Soho (pictured in September 2021)

According to Paddy, Harry dropped Jack Whitehall a text the next day to say he had a great night and asked how Paddy’s head was. 

Harry and Meghan were said to be introduced just a month later in July 2016 at The Dean Street Townhouse in Soho.

It comes after Paddy revealed the main driving force behind him getting into comedy was due to seeing how much his pal Peter Kay got paid.

The TV star made the revelation during an interview on Wednesday’s This Morning. 

Speaking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: ‘It was purely a financial decision.’

Memories: After the kiss, Prince Harry was said to have left the club and was declared an 'absolute legend' by all present

Memories: After the kiss, Prince Harry was said to have left the club and was declared an ‘absolute legend’ by all present 

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the studio, Paddy noted how Peter, who he’d known since school, influenced his future career after he accompanied him to one of his gigs. 

He explained: ‘I wasn’t going to my lessons at college, I just happened to be skipping another class with some friends and I saw Peter. He had a camcorder and he was doing a course at college and I was like “oh hey, I’ve not seen you for ages!”

‘We got chatting again and I said what you up to? And he says “I’m doing a bit of comedy, I do a few gigs”. I said to him “Oh I’ll come with you one night” and that’s how it came about.’

He continued: ‘We went into a club in Manchester, a famous comedy club called The Frog and Bucket and we went there together and I watched him and he did like 15 minutes on stage. And I’ve mentioned this before, that’s what piqued my interest, when he got his wages.’

Money talks: Paddy recently revealed the main driving force behind him getting into comedy was due to seeing how much his pal Peter Kay got paid

Money talks: Paddy recently revealed the main driving force behind him getting into comedy was due to seeing how much his pal Peter Kay got paid

At that time, Paddy was the main breadwinner in his single-parent family, working shifts to support his mother.

Recalling how it was Peter’s earnings that turned him to comedy, he went on: ‘I think he got £40 or something and at the time, I wasn’t earning that on the shift and when I lived at home I had to bring money in for my mum for bills and everything else.

‘I was like, well I’m not earning that on a shift what I was doing at the time, so I thought I’d give it a go.

‘So it was purely a financial decision to do it and that’s how I came about being back in with Peter and my mates again and then it just snowballed really.’

Thanks to that decision, the duo went on to appear together in an array of comedies including That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere. 

Influence: when talking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: 'It was purely a financial decision' (pictured together in 2004)

Influence: when talking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: ‘It was purely a financial decision’ (pictured together in 2004)


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