Raise a Glass to These Photos of Prince William and Rob McElhenney at Wrexham Pub

As Kate Middleton continues to recover from abdominal surgery, Prince William was photographed with actor Rob McElhenney during a royal engagement in Wrexham, Wales.

By Corinne Heller Mar 01, 2024 11:09 PMTags
Watch: Prince William Does Shots with Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney gave Prince William quite the welcome to Wrexham.

The Prince of Wales lived up to his royal title as he joined the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star in celebrating the Welsh holiday St David's Day.

During the March 1 outing with Rob—who co-owns of Welsh football club Wrexham A.F.C. with Ryan Reynolds—William was photographed knocking back a shot and pouring pints for locals at Turf pub alongside owner Wayne Jones.

"#HappyStDavidsDay," read a post on the Prince and Princess of Wales' Instagram page. "Great to be with Rob, Wayne and the people of Wrexham today!"

Joined by Rob, William and Rob later visited Wrexham A.F.C.'s headed to the soccer team's home stadium Racecourse Ground, where the actor—along with players Ben Tozer and Luke Young—presented the royal with a personalized jersey.

He subsequently spent time visiting with Wrexham locals, including learning about Welsh history from schoolchildren, who gave him flowers for wife Kate Middleton and toys for their kids, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5.

Kate Middleton & Prince William's Best Moments

William ended his trip to Wales with a tour of the Gresford Colliery Disaster Memorial, months before the 90th anniversary of the tragedy, which killed 266 men in what marks one of the United Kingdom's worst coal mining disasters.

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During his visit, he met Ruby McBurney, 92, one of the last surviving children of one of the victims. "He was lovely, it was so nice to meet him. It was certainly worth getting cold for!" she told local news outlet The Leader. "It will stay with me forever."

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The day in Wales marked one of several royal engagements William has taken on since returning to public duties amid Kate's recovery from abdominal surgery. While he had initially stepped back from engagements after his wife of 12 years underwent her procedure in mid-January, he subsequently returned to work in early February.

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And while earlier this week he abruptly canceled a public appearance due to what Kensington Palace referred to as a "personal matter" he quickly returned to his scheduled duties. As for how Kate is faring, her spokesperson reiterated her request for privacy as she continues to recover.

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"Kensington Palace made it clear in January the timelines of the princess' recovery and we'd only be providing significant updates," a spokesperson for Kate told E! News Feb. 29. "That guidance stands."


Kate isn't the only royal whose health has made headlines this year. Weeks after undergoing a procedure for benign prostate enlargement, King Charles III shared he was diagnosed with cancer and would be undergoing treatments.

Read on for more about the health journeys of William's wife and father as well as other news involving royals this year:

Kate Middleton Focusing on Health

Nearly two months after the Princess of Wales went public with her cancer diagnosis, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said the royal has no immidiate plans to return to her public-facing duties.

"The princess is not expected to return to work," the rep said in a May 21 statement to BBC, "until it's cleared by her medical team."

New Role for Prince William

On May 13, King Charles III bestowed the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to his oldest son, sparking controversy as many royal watchers believed the title would be more suited for Prince Harry, who trained and served in the military branch.

Kin Charles III Returns to Public Duties

On April 26, nearly three months after sharing his cancer diagnosis, Buckingham Palace announced that Charles will return to public-facing duties

Queen Camilla Attends Royal Maundy Service

The queen consort attended the Royal Maundy Service on March 28 in place of King Charles III, making her the first spouse of the Monarch to continue the ancient tradition.

Kate Middleton Shares Cancer Diagnosis

In a March 22 video message, the Princess of Wales shared that she'd been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing abdominal surgery in January.

"It was thought that my condition was non-cancerous. The surgery was successful," she said before noting that tests after the operation found cancer had been present. "My medical team therefore advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment."

Kate Middleton Apologizes for Edited Family Photo Controversy

After photo agencies pulled the picture Kensington Palace shared of Kate since having her abdominal surgery on March 10, the Princess of Wales addressed claims the photo was doctored. 

"Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing," she tweeted on March 11. "I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother's Day. C."

Lady Kitty Spencer Privately Welcomes Baby

Princess Diana's niece celebrated Mother's Day in the U.K. by sharing she and her husband Michael Lewis privately welcomed their first baby.

“It’s the joy of my life to be your mummy, little one. I love you unconditionally," she captioned her March 10 Instagram post. "Happy Mother’s Day to those who celebrate today."

Queen Camilla Takes a Break

After keeping up her full slate of engagements in the wake of her husband's cancer diagnosis, the palace cleared Camilla's schedule.

The Times pointed out March 2 that the 76-year-old didn't have any engagements on her calendar until March 11, when she'd be due at Westminster Abbey to observe Commonwealth Day.

Thomas Kensington Dies at 45

The husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor and ex-boyfriend of Pippa Middleton, was found dead Feb. 25. Days later, a coroner's inquest found that he died by suicide.

King Charles Diagnosed With Cancer

While King Charles III was in the hospital for his benign prostate enlargement procedure, the royal family member was diagnosed with cancer.

"His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties," Buckingham Palace said Feb. 5. "Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure. He remains wholly positive about his treatment and looks forward to returning to full public duty as soon as possible."

Sarah Ferguson Is Diagnosed With a Second Type of Cancer

The Duchess of York's rep said in a statement on Jan. 21 that Sarah was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. Several months prior, she underwent a single mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark Abdicates the Throne

On Jan. 14, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark made history as she officially abdicated the throne, handing the crown over to her son, now known as King Frederik the 10th

Kate Middleton Is Hospitalized

Kensington Palace announced on Jan. 17 that Kate Middleton underwent planned abdominal surgery and was set to remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days.

"Based on the current medical advice," the Palace said, "she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter."

Prince William Adjusting His Schedule

Amid Kate's recovery, Prince William postponed a number of engagements as he supported his family, including the couple's three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

King Charles III Undergoing Treatment

Shortly after Kate's hospitalization was made public, Buckingham Palace shared that Charles "has sought treatment for an enlarged prostate."

"His Majesty's condition is benign and he will attend hospital next week for a corrective procedure," the statement added. "The King’s public engagements will be postponed for a short period of recuperation."

Luxembourg Welcomes a New Baby

Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg welcomed son Balthazar Felix Karl on Jan. 7, the first royal baby of the New Year!

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