‘I was taken aback by him’ David Haye left stunned by interaction with Royal Family member

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Former professional boxer David Haye, 40, has revealed his conversation with James, Viscount Severn, 13, left him stunned, as he had no idea that the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was such a big fan of boxing. Reflecting on his meetings with members of the Royal Family due to his work with Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust, David shared that James surprised him with his boxing knowledge on one occasion.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, David said: “I’ve met Prince Charles a few times, I work with The Prince’s Trust, I’ve done some real cool bits with them.

“I’ve met James, he’s a big boxing fan as well, he knew his boxing, he keeps up to date with boxing.”

Explaining why James’ knowledge of the sport surprised him, he admitted he believed the royals wouldn’t be interested in boxing, as it is “traditionally a working man’s sport”.

The sportsman added: “You’re not really sure whether the royals are big sports fans, but they really are.

“So it was nice to know he keeps up to date with boxing. 

“Obviously I’m a bit biased, I love boxing and boxing is traditionally a working man’s sport, so it’s not like polo or something! 

“So the fact that he knew all the names of all the champions, he was asking me about different fighters, I was taken aback by him.”

James is the younger child of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.


He is 13th in the line of succession to the British throne.

David also shared his thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit their roles as Senior Royals and move away to America, following the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The boxing champion spoke out on Megxit, which saw the couple leaving their lives in the Royal Family in favour of a move away to America with their son Archie.

David, who currently manages fellow boxer Dereck Chisora, previously shared his joy over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tying the knot in 2018, branding the wedding a defining moment for Britain.

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When quizzed on what he thought about Harry and Meghan’s chat with Oprah, David admitted that although he hadn’t had a chance to watch it, he felt the couple couldn’t live their lives trying to please everybody.

He said: “I haven’t seen it, it’s one of those things that I’ve been meaning to watch. 

“I’m going to watch it when I’ve got some time. 

“As long as they’re happy, whatever makes people happy, makes them happy, and sometimes what makes people happy makes everyone else sad. 

“But you can’t live your life trying to make the rest of the world happy.”

David added: “You’ve got to do what’s best for you and your family.

“And if that is moving to Timbuktu, then that’s what they’ve got to do!”

During her interview, Meghan described the Queen as being “really welcoming” in one part, however, she also discussed how she felt upset after Archie was not made a prince.

She went on to claim that there were multiple conversations and concerns about “how dark” her son’s skin colour would be before he was born.

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