The King has delighted royal fans after making a subtle joke about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Rob McElhenney in the first episode of Welcome to Wrexham.

Charles, 74, cracked the witty remark when joining Queen Camilla, 76, for a tour of Wrexham AFC’s stadium, The Racecourse Ground, where they met club owners and actors Ryan Reynolds and McElhenney last December.

In the second season of their popular Disney+ series on the football club, the A-listers revealed they took etiquette lessons before meeting the monarch in Wales.

The first episode has just been released, showing the King making the joke to McElhenney, one of the leading actors of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Shaking hands with Charles, the sitcom actor said he now calls Los Angeles home, but is originally from Philadelphia, to which the monarch replied: ‘I hear it’s always sunny there,’ in a reference to the popular comedy, which Rob co-created. 

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney welcome King Charles in Wrexham, Wales, on December 9, 2022

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney welcome King Charles in Wrexham, Wales, on December 9, 2022

Wrexham Football Club co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney welcome King Charles in Wrexham, Wales, on December 9, 2022 

After watching the scene, audiences at home took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their delight at the subtle joke. 

One wrote: ‘King Charles making an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” reference to [Rob McElhenney] on the season premiere of @WrexhamFX was so wild.’

Another said: ‘Shut up, that’s so funny. Never pegged King Charles as a sunny fan,’ while a third added: ‘Did the King have an It’s Always Sunny joke ready to go?!’

A fourth wrote: ‘The King of England knowing about It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia doesn’t sit right with me.’

Humphrey Ker, executive director of Wrexham football club, discussed the royal visit with Metro.co.uk. 

Shaking hands with Charles, the actor said he now calls Los Angeles home, but is originally from Philadelphia, to which the monarch replied: 'I hear it's always sunny there,' in a reference to the popular comedy (pictured), which Rob co-created

Shaking hands with Charles, the actor said he now calls Los Angeles home, but is originally from Philadelphia, to which the monarch replied: 'I hear it's always sunny there,' in a reference to the popular comedy (pictured), which Rob co-created

Shaking hands with Charles, the actor said he now calls Los Angeles home, but is originally from Philadelphia, to which the monarch replied: ‘I hear it’s always sunny there,’ in a reference to the popular comedy (pictured), which Rob co-created 

After watching the scene, audiences at home took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their delight at the subtle joke

After watching the scene, audiences at home took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their delight at the subtle joke

After watching the scene, audiences at home took to X, formerly Twitter, to share their delight at the subtle joke

He said: ‘[The King] knew full well. He was very pleased with his joke and he said that he’s got people to tell him, keep him abreast of what’s going on and set him up for these sorts of things. They had a great time.’

Ryan and Rob underwent ‘monarchy boot camp’ prior to King Charles’ visit to the club last year, they revealed in a new video.

‘So, the King of England called,’ Reynolds said in the video. ‘We went to monarchy boot camp.’ ‘It’s like the military except your pinky’s always up,’ he added.

In the humorous video, Ryan and Rob can be seen being guided by an etiquette coach, who tells them their handshake with the Royals must only be ‘two pumps and release.’

Rob McElhenney stood beside Queen Camilla during the visit last December

Rob McElhenney stood beside Queen Camilla during the visit last December

Rob McElhenney stood beside Queen Camilla during the visit last December

Actor Ryan Reynolds meets King Charles last year at Wrexham's Racehorse Ground

Actor Ryan Reynolds meets King Charles last year at Wrexham's Racehorse Ground

Actor Ryan Reynolds meets King Charles last year at Wrexham’s Racehorse Ground

King Charles was also introduced to Wrexham players by club manager Phil Parkinson

King Charles was also introduced to Wrexham players by club manager Phil Parkinson

King Charles was also introduced to Wrexham players by club manager Phil Parkinson

‘I feel like a serial killer,’ Ryan laughed in the clip.

The actors bought the club in November 2020. Since then, Wrexham has exploded in popularity due to its FX show, which returned for a second season on September 12.

On the field, The Red Dragons were promoted last season to League Two, the fourth tier of English soccer. The club sits 13th after six games, with two wins and three draws.

The Hollywood pair bought the club in November 2020 and Wrexham were promoted last year

The Hollywood pair bought the club in November 2020 and Wrexham were promoted last year

The Hollywood pair bought the club in November 2020 and Wrexham were promoted last year

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