As high school seniors, Redmayne and the prince belonged to the same exclusive club
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Before Eddie Redmayne became an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, he ran in the same circles as actual royalty back when he was just a teen.

The Theory of Everything Best Actor belonged to the same exclusive club as Prince William while they attended Eton College in Berkshire, England.

In the above photo, taken in 2000, their colorful waistcoats indicate that they were all members of the Eton Society, also known as Pop. Composed of prefects (yes, like in Harry Potter), the boys of the Eton Society are seniors selected by their peers to exercise school discipline.

They were also on the same rugby team. “He s a wonderful man,” Redmayne, 33, thoughtfully told Glamour. “I always felt slightly sorry for him because everyone wanted to tackle the future king of England. He took all the hits.”

Of course, belonging to the same club as Prince William was not the most life-changing part of his time spent at Eton – he met his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, when he participated in a charity event at her neighboring school.