The unlikely pairing were spotted siting next to each other in the stands at Wembley on Monday; the prince is a lifelong fan of the Villains and former Norwegian global Carew made over 100 appearances in the claret and blue of the West Midlands side.
"Before I came to the club a lot of people had a story about Mel but there's never been a truer thing than "take as you find", he said.
They forced a fortuitous second goal, and dug deep to see the remainder of the game out, and return to the Premier League. I was looking around for clubs.
"Me and Chez have gone up their to lift the trophy and he's given me a little nudge", Grealish told Sky Sports after the game.
The 31-year-old might not make the Villa starting 11 upon their return to the Premier League, but whatever his role in the squad next season, he can take his fair share of the credit for getting them back there.
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Having just been assured of at least £170m by winning promotion to the most lucrative league in world sport, the money owed to Lerner may sound like loose change, but when you are competing in the Premier League, every pound counts.
Following his side's 2-1 defeat to Villa, Lampard described his players as "gutted", but insisted he is proud of what his squad have achieved since he joined the club in May a year ago. He has come a long way since the days when he would clean the steps on the Holte End while his father, Ron, worked as a steward in the Trinity Road Stand at Villa Park. Going up now the potential is massive. But now that they are back in the Premier League, Grealish can be the foundation on which all the other bricks are laid by a club with a big history and big ambition.
"Norwich is my hometown club and I always want to see them do well", he said.