King Charles Meets Hollywood Stars at a Humble Welsh Club in ‘wonders of Wrexham’


WREXHAM, Wales, Dec 9 (Reuters) – On Friday, King Charles toured the grounds of the lowly Welsh soccer club Wrexham owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, speaking with the Hollywood stars about their aim of leading the team to athletic greatness.

Charles joked with the co-owners on the pitch of a club that plays in the National League, four rungs below the Premier League, which is home to Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

Reynolds of “Deadpool” fame and McElhenney, writer and star of the sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” purchased the team in 2021, claiming a Cinderella-like desire of guiding the non-league club into England’s top-flight.

Reynolds told reporters that the pair had promised to work hard to improve the club and the community. “Having the monarch pay a visit is one way to do that,” he said. Wrexham is currently second in the league and vying for promotion.

Charles and Camilla were in Wrexham to celebrate the city’s new status and to learn about the club’s reconstruction. “A little earlier today, I got the opportunity to view one of Wrexham’s other wonders, notably the football club, which is busy placing Wrexham on the map like never before,” Charles later told dignitaries.

Reynolds and McElhenney have been seen cheering on the squad from the stands, which is a completely different experience than that of the billionaire owners, who sometimes fly into Manchester City and Newcastle to enjoy high-end hospitality and watch a game.

The team’s fortunes, as well as the efforts of its owners, are being followed through a documentary series called “Welcome to Wrexham,” which is available in the United Kingdom on the Disney streaming platform.

The royal visit comes just a day after the king’s younger son, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, used another streaming service, Netflix, to discuss family difficulties.

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