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The long and the short of it… His ‘Royal Heightness’ Prince William has a truly magisterial presence, writes CLAUDIA CONNELL. (And left his famous BAFTA guests feeling rather in the shade!)


At 6ft 3 with perfect posture, The Prince of Wales is our most statuesque royal. 

Throw a buff body into the mix from all his sporting activity and William, 41, has an truly impressive physical presence.

The Prince can thank his 5ft 10inch mum, Princess Diana, to thank for the tall genes that see him tower over many of the celebrities and dignitaries that he meets.

Poor David Beckham is just the latest star to be dwarfed by magisterial Wills.

Here, MailOnline Royals takes a look at the long and short of William’s famous encounters.

DAVID BECKHAM

Poor Becks, this photo of him shaking hands with William at Sunday night’s film BAFTAs went viral.

Prince William towers over David at Sunday night's Bafta's

Prince William towers over David at Sunday night’s Bafta’s 

 Never mind ‘bend it like Beckham,’ it looks as though the heir to the throne is crouching down to Beckham. In fairness to the former footballer, William is standing on a raised platform, meaning 5ft 11 Becks is not quite as pint-sized as he appears.

KYLIE MINOGUE

At a shade under 5ft, even a pair of stilettoes didn’t make much difference when Can’t Get You Out of My Head singer Kylie Minogue met Prince William at a charity reception for the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.

Kylie addresses William's breast pocket handkerchief at Buckingham Palace in 2018

Kylie addresses William’s breast pocket handkerchief at Buckingham Palace in 2018

The singer was chest-height to the Prince, the next day it was probably a case of ‘can’t the crick out of my neck.’

TOM CRUISE

Measure up to William? That’s mission impossible for 5ft 7 Hollywood actor Tom Cruise who is rumoured to wear lifts in his shoes to gain some extra height.

Tom Cruise was the star but Kate and William were head and shoulders above at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in 2022

Tom Cruise was the star but Kate and William were head and shoulders above at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in 2022

No contest: Tom and William stand side by side at the Air Ambulance Charity Gala this month

No contest: Tom and William stand side by side at the Air Ambulance Charity Gala this month

 However, Tom, 61, would need to be wearing eight-inch platform heels to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Prince, as we saw for ourselves when they both attended the London Air Ambulance gala dinner earlier this month and the Top Gun Maverick premiere in May 2022.

JON BON JOVI

William famously belted out a version of Livin’ on a Prayer when he joined Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift on stage at a Centrepoint charity event in 2013.

Jon Bon Jovi looks up to William after singing with him and Taylor Swift at Kensington Palace

 Jon Bon Jovi looks up to William after singing with him and Taylor Swift at Kensington Palace

 The Prince has since said he ‘cringes’ now when reminded of it ‘I don’t know what came over me,’ he later admitted. His wobbly vocals may not have measured up to 5ft 9 Bon Jovi, but as least his body did.

GERI HORNER

From this picture it looks as thougt what Ginger Spice really really wants is a step ladder, so she can properly greet the future king.

It's a long way down as Prince William reaches for a hug with Geri Halliwell-Horner last year

It’s a long way down as Prince William reaches for a hug with Geri Halliwell-Horner last year

Geri met up with William when the pair visited a primary school in Newport together last year. She famously pinched King Charles’ bottom when she was a Spice Girl and he was the Prince of Wales. This time the 5ft 1 singer kept her fingers to herself.

RAMI MALEK

The American actor met both William and Catherine when he attended the Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston in 2022. 

The Princess is no shorty, either. The Royal couple welcome actor Rami Malek at the Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston last year

The Princess is no shorty, either. The Royal couple welcome actor Rami Malek at the Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston last year

At 5ft 9 inches, the Princess also stood taller than the 5ft 7 Bohemian Rhapsody star who described meeting the pair as ‘rad.’ The small actor is also not great at the small talk, revealing that he overstepped royal protocol by being too personal with the future King and Queen.

MARK OWEN

The pop star who sang on Take That’s Rule the World meets the man who’ll one day rule the country.

Take That! William dwarfed stars Gary Barlow and Mark Owen when he met them backstage at the Concert for Diana

Take That! William dwarfed stars Gary Barlow and Mark Owen when he met them backstage at the Concert for Diana

The one thing we didn’t need was a measuring ruler to work out who was the tallest when the Prince met the band following the Concert for Diana in 2007. William stood head and shoulders above both 5ft 5 Mark Owen and 5ft 9 Gary Barlow.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Hats are a good way of adding height and a favourite trick of our diminutive late 5ft 3 Queen.

The late Queen inspects her tall grandson, William, at The Sovereign's Parade, Sandhurst in 2006

The late Queen inspects her tall grandson, William, at The Sovereign’s Parade, Sandhurst in 2006

A regal version of little and large seems to have The Queen amused

A regal version of little and large seems to have The Queen amused

But it would take a whole box of hats to come close to matching her grandson’s height as we saw when Her Majesty visited the Royal Military Academy in Camberley in December 2006 for the Sovereign’s Parade. Is that why William can’t stifle his giggles?

PHOEBE DYNEVOR

Bridgerton star Phoebe missed out on the Rising Star BAFTA she was nominated for this year. 

Standing at 6ft 3inches tall, William often appears to from a different planet. He is pictured here with actress Phoebe Dynevor

Standing at 6ft 3inches tall, William often appears to from a different planet. He is pictured here with actress Phoebe Dynevor

And being a rising star would have certainly come in handy when the 5ft 5 actress met BAFTA president the Prince of Wales later in the evening.

MICHAEL D HIGGINS

Being just 5ft 4 hasn’t stopped Michael Higgins from doing the biggest job in Ireland.

President of Ireland Michael Higgins and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, make an unlikely pairing as they pose in Dublin in 2020

President of Ireland Michael Higgins and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, make an unlikely pairing as they pose in Dublin in 2020

 When Queen Elizabeth met him, it was one of the few times she stood taller than a world leader. Alas, the same couldn’t be said when the president welcomed William to Ireland on a state visit in 2020.

CROWN PRINCE HUSSEIN BIN ABDULLAH

Both Kate and William attended the wedding when the Crown Prince married Rajwa Al Saif in Jordan last year.

Making up in elegance what he loses in height, the 5ft 8inch son of Queen Rania who greets William at the start of his 2018 tour of the Middle East

Making up in elegance what he loses in height, the 5ft 8inch son of Queen Rania who greets William at the start of his 2018 tour of the Middle East

And it was the 5ft 8inch son of Queen Rania who greeted William at the start of his 2018 tour of the Middle East.

Both princes trained at Sandhurst, both are heirs to a throne…the only thing they don’t have in common is their height.

DANIEL CRAIG

You’d think Q might have devised a gadget to make Bond star Daniel Craig appear taller when meeting royals.

Neither shaken nor stirred by the obvious height difference, Daniel 'James Bond' Craig greets the future King in 2021

Neither shaken nor stirred by the obvious height difference, Daniel ‘James Bond’ Craig greets the future King in 2021

Even his pink velvet jacket wasn’t enough to distract from the height discrepancy when 5ft 10 Craig met William at the No Time To Die premiere in 2021. No time to put lifts in his shoes either it would seem.



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