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NATHAN FOLLOWILL'S PING PONG BATTLE WITH PRINCE HARRY

Nathan Followill had a royal battle on a recent trip to the U.K. - he challenged Prince Harry to a ping pong contest.

The Sex On Fire hitmaker met the British royal at London's O2 Arena and invited him to take part in a table tennis competition.

Nathan Followill's Kings Of Leon bandmates urged the rocker to go easy on the Prince - but he refused - and won.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "We're still pretty wide-eyed about meeting dignitaries but he's the cool prince I think. He picked up a ping pong bat backstage and we went at it.

"I'm not sure what the etiquette is when you play a prince at table tennis, but hey, I'm a king aren't I? A king trumps a prince. I think the other guys thought, 'Maybe you should let a real prince win.'

"But he is so tall and he's got military training so I figured he can look after himself. It was a hard-fought battle but I took him in the end."