Of course it is true. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are among the last vestiges of royalty in the world; why wouldn’t they be living out their childhood dreams? And that they are. The royal brothers have long been Star Wars fans, and now they have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars film.
Lucas Film has not yet commented on the appearance, but the photos are out. And Actor John Boyega told BBC Radio 4 Friday that the pair did appear as stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He isn’t sure if their scene made it into the movie.
“I think they took that scene out,” said Mr Boyega. “I’ve had enough with those secrets,” he laughed. “They came on set. They were there. I’m sick of hiding it. It think it was leaked, anyway.”
The eighth installment in the Star Wars saga was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Many of the actors and sets come from England.
“There were images. Every time I get asked, I have to dodge it. I’m tired of dodging it. They were there. So was Tom Hardy.”
The two princes visited the set, played with prop lightsabers, and got to meet the cast and crew. Mark Hamill was there, as was the film’s director, Rian Johnson. There was even a photo shoot, albeit informal.
An anonymous source had previously reported that the princes had “filmed a scene in which Rey and Finn infiltrate a secret base.” They were even given lines to say in the scene.
“The rebel characters are in a lift with Benicio del Toro’s character when a group of Stormtroopers enter – two of whom are William and Harry.”
The popularity of the franchise and the abundance of masked characters makes for the perfect cameo engine. Actors, singers, princes…, just about anyone with enough pull to get on set could, theoretically, end up in costume.
In The Force Awakens, James Bond star Daniel Craig appeared as Stormtrooper JB-007. There are bound to be others, too, who–like the royals fanboys–have gone unreported.