Prince William and Duchess Catherine

Prince William and Duchess Catherine

Britain's Prince William has wished David and Victoria Beckham "luck" with their new baby.

The soccer star was without his fashion designer wife- who is due to give birth to the couple's fourth child this week - at an intimate reception held for the prince and wife Duchess Catherine at British Consul-General Barbara Hay's Los Angeles residence on Friday (08.07.11), but the royal couple told him not to worry about her absence.

David - who along with Victoria was a guest at William and Catherine's wedding in April - told them: "Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love."

Victoria really wanted to come but she is just so tired at the moment. She sent you both lots of love.

William replied: "Don't be silly. Please send her all out love and tell her good luck with it all."

The royal couple have already met with several celebrities since arriving in Los Angeles on Friday for their brief tour.

Yesterday (09.07.11), Billy Zane, Rob Lowe, Joe Jonas, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Zoe Saldana were in attendance when William and Catherine arrived by helicopter to the

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where the prince admitted he is "not a good loser" ahead of showcasing his skills on the polo field.

He said in a brief speech: "Catherine and I have had a busy few days so the prospect of being able to let loose this afternoon is wonderful for me.

"That depends on the result out there today - I'm not a good loser."

Guests at the $4,000-a-ticket event watched the prince score four goals as his team won 5-2, before tucking into lunch cooked by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis.

Last night, the pair walked the red carpet at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event, to which Catherine wore a lilac Alexander McQueen gown and earrings borrowed from William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.

On arrival at the Belasco theatre, the couple met a small group of well-wishers before being introduced to the 14 table hosts at the event.

Meanwhile, in the ballroom, Duncan Kenworthy, vice chairman of British Academy of Film and Television Arts, reassured the star-studded crowd - which included Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand, Jack Black, and Tom Hanks - on their interactions with the royals.

He said: "They want to meet all of you. They will try and chat to all of you this evening. When you meet them, you don't have to bow and curtsy. You can call them whatever you feel, 'Your Royal Highness,' 'Sir,' 'Ma'am,' 'William' and 'Kate' - just as the mood takes you."

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of the evening, Nicole Kidman said: "I think they are lovely, they just make you smile."