Popular actress Courteney Cox was mentioned in Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare. The 58-year-old actress, who is mentioned in the book, spoke about the Duke of Sussex’s book for the first time in a new interview with Variety, published Monday.
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Cox confirmed that Harry spontaneously stayed at her home when he visited Los Angeles a few years ago, adding that she “definitely” wasn’t distributing the magic mushrooms Harry said he took during a party at her place.
“He did stay here for a couple of days — probably two or three. He’s a really nice person,” Cox told Variety. The Scream star also said she recently saw Prince Harry at a birthday party but didn’t get the chance to say hello.
Cox admitted that while she hasn’t yet read Spare, she’s heard about Harry’s recollection of taking psychedelics at her house.
“I haven’t read the book. I do want to hear it, because I’ve heard it’s really entertaining. But yes, it’s gotten back to me about it,” she said, referencing the much-discussed passage. “I’m not saying there were mushrooms! I definitely wasn’t passing them out.”
In his bestselling book, published Jan. 10, Prince Harry revealed that he is a “Friends fanatic” and took comfort in the hit NBC sitcom while navigating panic attacks after completing his second tour of Afghanistan a decade ago. Harry wrote in Spare that he became anxious around crowds and cameras after returning to London, so he started staying home.
“Day after day, night after night, I sat around eating takeaway, watching 24. Or Friends. I think I might’ve watched every episode of Friends in 2013. I decided I was a Chandler,” he said.
While visiting the U.S. two years later, the Duke of Sussex said it was surreal not only to attend a party at Cox’s home but also to meet the Friends star herself. Prince Harry and two friends traveled to L.A. in January 2016, where they spent a few days party-hopping — and spent time at Cox’s house.
“We went from the home of [my friend] Thomas’ girlfriend to the home of Courteney Cox. She was a friend of Thomas’ girlfriend, and had more room. Also, she was traveling, on a job, and didn’t mind if we crashed at her place,” Harry wrote. “No complaints from me. As a Friends fanatic, the idea of crashing at Monica’s was highly appealing. And amusing. But then… Courteney turned up. I was very confused. Was her job canceled? I didn’t think it was my place to ask. More: Does this mean we have to leave?”
“She smiled. Of course not Harry. Plenty of room,” he recalled. “Great. But I was still confused because… she was Monica. And I was a Chandler. I wondered if I’d ever work up the courage to tell her. Was there enough tequila in California to get me that brave?”