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- Posted on Jan 7th 2011 6:30AM by Matt Glazebrook
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In what sounds like a historic, if unlikely, summit, Tennessee's own royal family apparently met with Britain's Prince Harry over the green hardwood of a ping-pong table recently, The Sun reports.
The four Kings and one prince hooked up backstage at the O2 arena and things quickly became competitive. "He picked up a ping-pong bat and we went at it," recalled drummer Nathan Followill. "I'm not sure what the etiquette is when you play a prince at table tennis, but hey, I'm a king aren't I? A king trumps a prince."
Indeed -- it seems the 'Sex on Fire' rhythm-keeper's mastery of the slice and topspin smash is superior to the young Windsor's, at least according to the band themselves.
"It was a hard-fought battle but I took him in the end," insisted Followill. "I think the other guys thought, 'Maybe you should let a real prince win.' But he is so tall and he's got military training so I figured he can look after himself."
KOL's princely fixation doesn't end with matters sporting, either. The garage-turned-arena rockers -- who are currently taking a break before resuming their world tour in support of fifth album 'Come Around Sundown' -- are angling for further royal recognition.
"Man, we would jump at playing the royal wedding if we were asked," Followill added. "Wills and Kate look like nice people but Harry is the dude. His is the wedding we would most likely play. He knows his music. He keeps it real on his iPod. I'm sure Wills and Kate know what they are doing but Harry would definitely throw a Kings of Leon-style party."