Royal Rugby Fan

William Attends Rugby Dinner

Clive Mason

Now, if Prince Harry was there it really could have been a night to remember.

Prince William last night attended a special dinner for Irish rugby international Brian O’Driscoll, who was forced to miss the Royal wedding because it clashed with a crucial match against french team Toulouse.

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson were also guests at the dinner in the Grosvenor House Hotel in London which was attended by about 800 people.

Comedian Patrick Kielty acted as MC for the “strictly private” dinner. The cheapest tickets cost €680, the middle category went for €1,000 each, while the price of the so-called “black” tickets – “the ones close to Brian”, one source told the Irish Times, was “not disclosed”.

Entering the hotel, Kielty joked with photographers: “Sure what could go wrong? It is the day after St Patrick’s Day, a roomful of Paddies, a free bar and the future king of England. It’s going to be messy.”

The Irish times reported that idea for the testimonial, O’Driscoll’s spokeswoman, added, came from Henry Keogh of Coutts Bank – the queen’s bankers. “He was the person who gave the idea,” she said, “it wasn’t something that Brian had thought about at all before then.”