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Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Recalls Being Playfully Slapped by Prince Harry

Royally funny! Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” on Friday, February 12, where they shared a hilarious encounter with Prince Harry.

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The band’s frontman, 52, recalled getting a visit from the Duke of Sussex, 36, after hurting his leg while touring with the Foo Fighters in Europe in 2015, noting how “chill” Harry was.

Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins Recalls Hilarious Prince Harry Slap
Taylor Hawkins and Prince Harry. Ibl/Shutterstock; Shutterstock

“He brought me this thing to hold my iPad so I could just watch movies and s–t. It was great. He was cool,” Dave added. “He smacked Taylor in the face one time.”

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Hawkins, 48, for his part, said “It pissed me off, actually,” before explaining how and why it happened. The Texas native assured listeners it was all in good fun.

“He walked in and goes, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘I can’t wake up. I’m so tired,’” the drummer recalled. “He just goes bam and I went, ‘You motherf—ker.’ He was like, ‘Are you awake now?’”

The musician added, “I mean, I got slapped in the face by the prince. That’s OK, really, when you think about it.”

Hawkins previously talked about the slap in question during an interview with BBC News in 2017. He revealed that it happened before the 2014 Invictus Games. “I was a little like, ‘What was that?’ It was great, it was funny. I wore that slap with pride,” he said at the time.

Prince Harry has a good relationship with the musical duo. When Grohl underwent surgery in London in 2015, the royal was among the first visitors he received, he revealed to BBC News. “He’s the sweetest. I owe you a text, Harry,” Grohl said at the time.

Grohl also said Harry arrived without an entourage. During his visit, he met the Foo Fighters lead singer’s daughters Violet, 14, Harper, 11, and Ophelia, 6.

The Ohio native recalled, “It’s funny, our nanny was there and she came into the room with the kids and I said, ‘This is Harry,’ and it took her five or six minutes before she realized it was the prince of England.”

Grohl broke his leg doing a stage dive during a show in Sweden. He finished performing before telling the audience, “I think I just broke my leg.”

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He continued, “I think I really broke my leg. So look, you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish our show. But right now. … I’m gonna go to the hospital and I’m gonna fix my leg. But then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna play for you again!”

Grohl continued touring with his broken leg, performing and playing guitar from a custom seat created for the stage.

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