Who needs Michael Phelps? Prince Harry is all the swimming competition Ryan Lochte needs.
On TODAY Thursday, Lochte told Matt Lauer that Harry challenged him to a race in a nightclub pool last Friday, and the Olympian accepted.
Lochte had never met the prince until the royal’s entourage approached him that night.
“His people came over to my table and said, ‘Prince Harry wants to meet you,’” he said. “I was like, ‘Lets meet him.’ I went over there. I was fully clothed, and he says, ‘You want to race me in the pool?’ I took off my shirt, jumped in and we started racing.”
Lochte enjoyed his brush with royalty, which began and ended with their impromptu race.
“He’s part of the royal family and everything, but he’s really a nice guy,’’ Lochte said. “He’s really talkative. He just wanted to meet me and honestly wanted to race me. I thought that was the coolest thing.’’
Only hours later, all of the prince’s clothes came off in a now-infamous strip-billiards incident that took place in a hotel suite. Lochte did not get the invite to play strip billiards with the prince and his friends.
“He never said anything like that,’’ Lochte said. “After our race and everything, we went our separate ways. I’m kind of happy. I don’t need that.’’
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