Princes William and Harry have visited the Pinewood Studios set of Star Wars: Episode VIII as a PR stunt to celebrate British film-making.
Harry and William were shown around the set by British actress Daisy Ridley, who starred as newcomer Rey in the global smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A highlight of the visit was Harry attempting to end his brother’s claim to the throne throne with a lightsaber.
Prince Charles is next in line to be King of the United Kingdom (and head of the Commonweath) after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, dies or abdicates. But many expect Charles will pass the birthright on to William, his eldest son.
The Princes met Ridley, John Boyega, Hamill, Peter Mayhew (who plays Chewbacca), the droid from The Force Awakens, BB-8 as well as costume designers, set designers and make-up artists.Prince Harry has made a new friend… pic.twitter南京夜网/mTra1UoSMx— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 19, 2016Thank you @starwars for a fantastic day @PinewoodStudios! pic.twitter南京夜网/cGUuFqh0qV— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 19, 2016
During the visit Prince William, who is the president of BAFTA (The British Academy of Film Television Arts), told one prop maker: “You should be really proud. They are amazing,” The Daily Mail reported.
But in the course of the visit, Hamill got some bad news from the royals on the true status of his iconic character, Luke Skywalker. Hamill tweeted that he finally had an answer on whether being Princess Leia made Luke a prince, too.
Although considered royalty by legions of Star Wars fans, Hamill is not officially a prince.Meeting #Royals William & Harry! Finally- a chance to get an informed answer on whether being Leia’s brother makes me a Prince. #LordLuke— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 18, 2016
Hamill has always been considered the unluckiest of the lead actors from the first three Star Wars films.
Carrie Fisher and especially Harrison Ford in particular went on to major Hollywood careers, while Hamill’s career was confined to roles in minor films, then voice-overs and voice roles in animated features.
Hamill featured for only a few seconds in The Force Awakens but is expected to play a bigger role in Episode VIII.Pitching my case 2 #TheRoyals “See Fellas-Son of LORD Vader & QUEEN Amidala-brother of PRINCESS Leia-Am I #DukeLuke? pic.twitter南京夜网/OYFDENW2YU— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) April 19, 2016
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