Actress Emma Thompson has confessed to a crush on Prince Charles in a new Time magazine expose on the heir to the British throne, revealing she would have gladly dated him.

The Oscar winner counts herself as one of the Prince of Wales' celebrity friends, but there was a time she would have liked to have been much more.

Admitting that dancing with Charles is "better than sex", Thompson adds, "There’s a long history of relationships between Princes of Wales and actors - not just actresses, not just the rude relationships as he would say, though God knows I’ve tried. He wasn’t having any of it."

Thompson, who dated Hugh Laurie at university and was wed to newly-knighted Kenneth Branagh, is married to actor Greg Wise.