Olympic champion Ryan Lochte and Prince Harry might have looked chummy in Las Vegas, but they definitely weren’t hanging out 24/7.
“His people came over to my table and said, ‘Prince Harry wants to meet you,'” Lochte said on the Today show Aug. 23. “I was like, ‘Lets meet him!’ I went over there. I was fully clothed, and he said, ‘You wanna race me in the pool?’ I took off my shirt, jumped in and we started racing.”
Lochte added that he was a bit starstruck meeting the red-headed rebel.
“It was really fun swimming against Prince Harry. He’s a great guy, and it was an huge honor to meet him,” he told US Weekly. “I was surprised that he challenged me, actually. I didn’t know if he had any skills in the pool, but I definitely wasn’t going to take it easy on him! He was a great competitor, but in the end it was Team USA all the way to the wall!”
The potential future reality star hopes to compete against the Prince against in the future. “Next time I’m in the U.K., it’d be fun to challenge him to something on his own turf! Maybe Motocross? I heard he’s pretty good, but I’m a competitor,” Lochte said. “Prince Harry, whenever you’re ready!”
Harry will have to keep his clothes on, though. The gold medalist said he wasn’t there when the now-infamous game of strip billiards went down — and he’s pretty happy he wasn’t.
“I’m kind of happy (he didn’t invite me),” he said on Today. “I don’t need that.”
But we really would have appreciated the view, Ryan.