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Kate Middleton and Prince William royally charm Emma Stone and Emma Thompson

Kate Middleton and Prince William joined Emma Thompson and Emma Stone, the stars of Disney’s new film Cruella, for a laughter-filled video call on Monday.

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, who are enjoying a tour of Scotland this week, chatted with the leading actors ahead of a drive-in screening of the film for NHS staff on Wednesday.

‘Nice to see you, darling,’ Thompson, 62, told Prince William as they started the call, with the actress having known the royal since he was young, thanks to her friendship with his father Prince Charles.

The call saw Stone, 32, mention shooting a scene outside Buckingham Palace, recalling: ‘I was riding a motorcycle around The Mall.’

‘We should have had you stopped, Emma, it’s very dangerous,’ replied Prince William, jokingly. 

On Monday evening, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge took part in a video call with Emma Thompson (top left) and Emma Stone (top right). They discussed what it was like to make the film in parts of London, the incredible costumes featured in it as well as the inspirational work done by NHS staff across the country and how important it is to thank them

Disney is giving Cruella de Vil the live-action treatment with its anticipated new film Cruella, starring Emma Stone (pictured) as the sinister protagonist, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as 'young Cruella' and Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman

Disney is giving Cruella de Vil the live-action treatment with its anticipated new film Cruella, starring Emma Stone (pictured) as the sinister protagonist, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as ‘young Cruella’ and Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman 

The royal couple thanked the celebrities for letting them share Cruella with NHS workers at the Palace of Holyrood two days before the film’s premiere date.

Kate also asked the stars about their experience on set, and Thompson discussed the costumes designed for the film.

She joked that she often thought the 1970s outfits had once belonged to her as they were that familiar.

‘I kept looking at all the frocks and thinking, “I think that’s mine. I’m sure I’ve worn that,”‘ she said, adding: ‘You won’t remember because you’re all too young.’

In another section, Prince William spoke about being ‘propositioned’ by nursing home resident Betty McGee, 96, during an engagement earlier in the week.

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, pictured at the screening, chatted with the leading actors ahead of a drive-in screening of the film for NHS staff yesterday

The Duke, 38, and Duchess of Cambridge, 39, pictured at the screening, chatted with the leading actors ahead of a drive-in screening of the film for NHS staff yesterday  

The couple arrived to greet their guests in a Land Rover Defender that previously belonged to Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 on April 9

The couple arrived to greet their guests in a Land Rover Defender that previously belonged to Prince Philip, who passed away aged 99 on April 9

‘I got propositioned by a 96-year-old lady called Betty yesterday who wanted to kiss me,’ he said.

‘She’s in a care home with her daughter and I said, “Betty, if I do that, I’m going to get slapped on the back of the head for being inappropriate, social distancing”.

‘She said, “I’ll have you afterwards then!” She was a right character.’

Laughing, Kate added: ‘This is what happens when I’m not around.’

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted NHS Charities Together and NHS staff for a unique drive-in cinema to watch a special screening of Disney’s Cruella at the Palace – where they are staying – on the penultimate day of their week-long visit to Scotland.

Before the screening, Kate delivered a short speech in which she paid tribute to NHS staff across Scotland and thanked them for their dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice. 

The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a speech at the event which was dedicated to NHS Charities Together and NHS staff

The Duchess of Cambridge delivering a speech at the event

Before the screening, Kate delivered a short speech in which she paid tribute to NHS staff across Scotland and thanked them for their dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Joint Patrons of NHS Charites Together, whom they welcomed last night for the special screening along with NHS staff members in Scotland

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are Joint Patrons of NHS Charites Together, whom they welcomed last night for the special screening along with NHS staff members in Scotland

She said: ‘As Joint Patrons of NHS Charites Together, William and I are absolutely delighted that so many of you could join us here tonight. We wanted to thank you for the extraordinary dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice you have shown in supporting our communities through this pandemic. 

‘It is a real privilege to work with NHS Charities Together. For the last 13 years it has worked tirelessly to improve services for patients and support NHS staff and volunteers, both practically and emotionally. Today, this work has never been more important.

‘So, with an enormous thank you to Her Majesty The Queen for allowing us to host the first-ever drive-in film night here at Holyrood. And with a huge thank you to Disney and BAFTA, for putting on this evening, and to the fabulous actress Tipper for joining us here tonight, William and I invite you to grab your popcorn, cuddle up under your blankets and be transported to 1970s Britain for an evening of much-deserved fun, drama, glamour and escapism!’

Disney is giving Cruella de Vil the live-action treatment with its anticipated new film Cruella, starring Emma Stone as the sinister protagonist, Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as ‘young Cruella’ and Emma Thompson as Baroness von Hellman. 


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