Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is known for living it up, but the swimmer hit his partying peak when he got to experience Las Vegas with real life royalty— Prince Harry.
“I met him at a party in Vegas,” Ryan tells the new issue of In Touch, on newsstands now. “He asked if I wanted to race him in the pool. I said, ‘Let me go get my suit,’ but he said, ‘No, we’re doing it right now!’ So we jumped in fully clothed.”
But get this— after they were done racing, the E! star left Harry in the water and headed back to his pals!
“We hung out in the pool for a little bit longer and then I was like, ‘Hey, it was a pleasure meeting you. I'm going to go back to my friends at my table,’” Ryan tells In Touch. “I know he's a prince but my friends were there. That's the reason that I went to Vegas—for my friends. So [Prince Harry and I] went our separate ways.”
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The What Would Ryan Lochte Do? star confesses he wasn’t there when the royal infamously stripped down in a Sin City hotel room on that same trip, but he does think the Prince caught too much flak for getting naked.
“He was there to have fun and it's just sad that someone would go out of their way to try to sabotage him to make a quick buck,” Ryan tells the mag. “He's a good guy. I got to know him, talk to him and hang out with him and he's a really nice guy.”
According to Ryan, he and Prince Harry haven’t spoken since their friendly race, admitting their hang out was probably “a one time thing.”
For more on Ryan Lochte’s newfound fame, his girl troubles and partying ways, pick up the current issue of In Touch, on newsstands now!