Dundee-born Golden Globe winner Brian Cox has claimed he was “touched up” by the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret.
In an interview with The Guardian, Cox, 73, says the incident happened at The Royal Court Theatre in London almost 50 years ago.
He claimed the Princess, who was born at Glamis Castle in Forfar, approached him following a performance.
He said: “I was doing a play with Alan Bates and it was my 23rd birthday and I’d been given a red shirt from Lindsay Anderson.
“I’d just washed my hair so I was sort of glistening, heh heh heh, and I walked in and was introduced to her.
“She put her fingers on my shirt, and said: ‘This is a lovely shirt.’ And she started to run her fingers down the inside of my shirt.
“And I went: Uh oh! What do you do when you’re being touched up by a royal?
He added: “It was so funny. James Bolam, he could see what was going on and started going ‘Ooooh’ out of the side of his mouth, which somehow said princess didn’t take in at all.
“She just kept saying: ‘You were so wonderfully hooded on stage. I wanted to know more about you …’
“She was an extraordinary creature. I excused myself and said: ‘Thank you, ma’am,’ and it came to a natural end.”
The hugely popular HBO show was filmed for four nights in Dundee last year at the new £80 million V&A museum.
Cox’s character is also born in the city and the episode sees him honoured in Scotland for his 50 years in business.
The New York City-based actor spoke of his shock in his acceptance speech, saying he “just never thought it would happen”.
In the wide-ranging Guardian interview, Cox goes on to describe Prince Andrew as an “idiot” and “dumb”.
The Duke of York was recently removed from royal duties amid the fallout from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
Cox also said his Succession character’s family has more in common with the Trumps than the Murdochs.
He also reveals he is a big fan of cannabis, saying it is “absolutely great” and helps him deal with “idiocy” in politics.