Tinie Tempah praises music fan Prince William

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 October 2011
Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah

Rapper Tinie Tempah thinks it's ''great'' Britain's Prince William is aware of ''what's going on'' in the pop charts

Tinie Tempah thinks it's "great" Britain's Prince William knows "what's going on" in the pop charts.

The rapper counts the royal as one of his "really good mates" and thinks the fact he is interested in the current music industry is beneficial for his own career.

He told Q magazine: "In every establishment, whether government, royalty, magazines, record labels, instead of the old boys' club, backhanders and handshakes, more and more savvy young people are moving in.

"Like Prince William, he's the future King of England and he knows a bit about what's going on in the pop charts. He's not making it up, it's real! It's a great time for someone like myself. Something's definitely happened."

The 'Pass Out' hitmaker - whose real name is Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu - met the 29-year-old royal and his wife, Duchess Catherine, backstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend music event in Bangor, North Wales, earlier this year - but he felt he had to snub William's offer of an ice cream.

He explained: "His aide came out with a box of Soleros and there was only four in there but there were five of us in the room. William offered me one and I was like, 'No thanks'. I didn't want to deprive the future king of his Solero!"

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