Hugh Grant sparks anger as he attends King Charles' star-studded Versailles banquet alongside Mick Jagger

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant has divided opinion with his invite to King Charles' Versailles banquet

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 21/09/2023

- 09:13

Updated: 21/09/2023

- 10:09

The Love Actually star and his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein joined the King in France

King Charles III and Queen Camilla were honoured at a state dinner at the Palace of Versailles in Paris on Wednesday afternoon.

The royals, who'd met with president Emmanuel Macron earlier that day, were joined by approximately 180 guests at the lavish event - including some very familiar faces.

Among those in attendance were actor Hugh Grant, his wife Anna Elisabet Eberstein, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, and his partner Melanie Hamrick.

Star of Netflix's Sex Education, Emma Mackey, and former footballer Didier Drogba were also among the A-list names who'd been asked along.

Grant donned a crisp black tuxedo for the event while his other half wore a black velvet dress alongside an eye-popping pearl necklace.

Grant and Eberstein smiled for the cameras as they posed for snaps outside the palace but their inclusion on the guest list has sparked confusion and even anger among onlookers.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger was also in attendance


"I don't understand why Jagger and grant were there tbh," one Twitter user fumed upon seeing the photos while a second echoed: "Why is Mick Jagger and Hugh grant even there?" (sic)

GB News presenter Dan Wootton was similarly bemused by Grant's invitation, in particular, as he shared his thoughts on Wednesday's Tonight with Dan Wootton.

"Can I just make my point about Hugh Grant," Wootton ranted to guest Angela Levin. "Because what I find so repulsive about this is that this is a total hard-left activist who actually wants to shut down the free press in the UK.

"And no one on the right, no one even on the centre-right, would ever be invited to this.


"So I find it totally surprising that it's just totally accepted that King Charles would want."

Levin echoed Wootton's stance as she explained: "well, I think if somebody's famous, they don't bear grudges - Camilla, in particular, she doesn't bear grudges.

"So if he sort of (asked), 'Could I perhaps come along?' I think they'd understand.

"But I think it was ridiculous to have him there," she concluded which prompted Wootton to chuckle.

The event's organisers held the dinner in the palace's famous Hall of Mirrors where invitees were able to gauge on the finest French cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chefs.

Hugh Grant and his wife mingled

Hugh Grant and his wife mingled with other guests at the banquet


King Charles and Queen Camilla landed in France on Wednesday as they kicked off their three-day state visit.

Despite months of riots in the French capital which led to a postponement of the tour, King Charles and President Macron were able to meet without a hitch in front of a few select crowds of adoring fans - with security at incredibly high levels.

However, Macron managed to cause controversy after he was spotted breaking royal protocol as he showed King Charles around.

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