This week we've literally been glued to YouTube as Robert Pattinson takes part in a promotional tour for the US release of his latest film Cosmopolis. We've watched nervously as the Twilight star fumbled his way through TV show appearances where interviewers have expressed somewhat patronising concerns about his emotional state following the dramatic revelations of Kristen Stewart's affair with her Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders.
By and large he's successfully managed to deflect awkward questions about the current status of their relationship, but yesterday we were left with our heads in our hands during a live stream interview with the New York Times. In what should have been a discussion focused solely on the film, given that Cosmopolis director David Cronenberg also took part, New York Times writer David Carr asked Rob 'What is it about America and fame?' to which the actor responded, 'I think it's because America really wants to have a Royal family because that's really what it is. People pick their King and Queen and all the princes… it's exactly the same thing.'
Seizing the opportunity to bring up Rob’s personal life Carr then asked, 'So if Kristen and you are having trouble, it's like Charles and Diana having trouble?' Ouch!
Although Rob laughed it off and graciously said 'No, I wouldn't go that far' the audience responded with booing, jeering and even a loud 'come on!' before David Cronenberg changed the subject.
Watch the interview below - the question comes at around the 52-minute mark - and let us know what you think.