THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had stars in their eyes while discussing Disney flick Cruella with Emma Thompson and Emma Stone.
The royals spoke to the famous actors while visiting Scotland.
Thompson, 62, said to Prince William: “Nice to see you, darling.”
Stone recalled “riding a motorcycle around The Mall”, outside Buckingham Palace while filming a scene.
William joked: “We should have had you stopped, Emma, it’s very dangerous.”
The video chat was during William and Kate Middleton’s trip to Scotland, including St Andrews – 20 years after they were regulars while at university.
The loved-up couple took a “trip down memory lane” as they enjoyed fish and chips at their old favourite student takeaway.
The royal couple returned to St Andrews, where they first met as students, before making a detour to Anstruther Fish Bar. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be “regulars” at the chippy when they studied at St Andrews University.
The Duke and Duchess also planted seeds with youngsters on their final day of their royal tour.
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DIANA WOULD WANT HARRY TO LIVE A ‘PRIVATE LIFE’
Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has claimed the Princess would have wanted Harry to “live a private life” and “stop airing his dirty laundry in public”.
He told Closer: “Diana would be heartbroken it’s come to this.
“Not only would she be devastated that Harry is cut off from his family, but she’d disapprove of him tearing down the royals.
“She’d want him to stop airing his dirty laundry, and to live a quiet, private life, focused on his children.”
PRINCE CHARLES ‘HAS NO INTENTION OF CUTTING OFF HIS SON’
Harry’s appearance left the Queen “deeply upset” – although Charles has no intention of “cutting off his son”, despite his hurt, it’s been claimed.
Meanwhile, it’s emerged that Harry volunteered to have a trauma therapy session filmed for the series.
He was was shown undergoing EMDR – eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing – and said it was “one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with”.
PRINCESS BEATRICE EXPECTING A BABY
Princess Beatrice last week revealed she is pregnant.
A Buckingham Palace statement said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year.
“The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”
WILLIAM AND KATE MEET GORDON BROWN AND WIFE FOR TALKS AS SCOTTISH TOUR ENDS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have held a meeting with Gordon Brown who has recently launched a renewed campaign to save the Union.
William and Kate sat down for talks with the former prime minister and his wife Sarah at the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence during the final day of their royal tour of Scotland.
The future king later gave a highly personal farewell speech as his week-long visit drew to a close, describing how Scotland has “shaped” him and praising its people and values.
William said Scotland was “so important” to himself and wife Kate as he recounted their experiences meeting a range of inspirational people from spritely pensioners, selfless NHS workers and committed charity volunteers over the past week.
The argument over Scottish independence has intensified after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in the Holyrood election earlier in May, which also produced the largest pro-independence majority in the Parliament in the history of devolution.
NETFLIX TOLD NOT TO EXPLOIT DIANA INTERVIEW
Prince William has turned his sights on Netflix bosses behind The Crown in the wake of the Martin Bashir scandal.
They are due to begin filming a new series focusing on the 1990s, the decade Wills’ mother Princess Diana gave her Panorama interview.
William, who on Thursday publicly blasted the BBC over the interview, has made it clear to senior royals and advisers he does not want Netflix commercially exploiting it.
Last night a source said: “Prince William does not want that interview, clips from it or representations of it being screened by anyone.”
Royal expert Ingrid Seward said: “He is likely trying to get lawyers to ensure this footage is not repeated or dramatised by anyone, because it was obtained by deception.”
FAMILY MAN – DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE CLOSE TO KATE’S FAMILY
Down-to-earth Prince William has told how much family means to him — and that he “loves my in-laws”.
William, 38, was talking about how people had managed to keep in touch with their relatives during lockdown.
Speaking to a table of first responders — at an Edinburgh rooftop bar while watching the Scottish Cup Final — he admitted it was an unusual time, but he could see an amusing side to it.
William said: “The funny thing is when I spoke to my family I found it so good to catch up — but then you haven’t anything to catch up on because no one had done anything.”
When one guest said they had not seen their in-laws for a year, Wills, in an apparent dig at sister-in-law Meghan, joked: “Some people are happy they haven’t seen their in-laws for a year.” After laughter, he added: “I love my in-laws.”
CARING KATE WEARS PINK… MORE
Mila Sneddon liked Kate’s pink dress and said about the experience: “It was so good, I’ve never met a real princess in my life before.”
There was an exchange of gifts with Kate giving the little girl a tiny trinket box inscribed with a message about bravery while the duchess’ young friend presented her with a candle and a bag.
Mrs Sneddon said: “It’s a really surreal and bizarre experience, we’ve come out of lockdown and this is our first trip out which is really unusual.”
She added: “It’s not quite sunk in that we’re here and we’ve met the duchess.”
The duchess and Mila’s mother found common ground in parenthood, she said: “We’re both parents so we talked a little bit about both (my) girls and obviously Mila’s treatment.”
CARING KATE WEARS PINK FOR LITTLE GIRL WHO WANTED TO MEET A PRINCESS
The Duchess of Cambridge has kept her promise to a little girl who wanted to meet a princess dressed in her favourite colour pink.
Kate proved true to her word when she invited little Mila Sneddon and her family to the Queen’s official Edinburgh home and wore an ME+EM outfit that matched the five-year-old’s dress.
The outgoing little girl, who is battling cancer, has captured the duchess’ heart – and when they met she told the youngster she wanted to give her a “big squeezy cuddle”.
Mila was featured in a picture from Kate’s lockdown photographic project and came to symbolise isolation during the pandemic after she was pictured kissing her home’s kitchen window as her father stood outside.
The little girl is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia and was photographed separated from her father during the first lockdown, after he had to go to work and could not risk bringing coronavirus into the family home in Falkirk.
THE ‘MOST ATTRACTIVE’ ROYALS ACCORDING TO ‘GOLDEN RADIO’ THEORY
- Princess Diana – 89.05%
- Queen Rania of Jordan – 88.9%
- Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco – 88.8%
- Duchess of Sussex – Meghan Markle – 87.4%
- Duchess of Cambridge – 86.8%
QUEEN SET TO CUT DOWN 111 TREES
King’s Lynn Borough Council has indicated that 111 trees on the Queen’s royal estate in Norfolk may need to be cut down to increase parking spaces.
The application is being considered just days after the Queen and Prince Charles launched “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” scheme.
The Daily Mirror revelaed that a combination of Mature Sycamores, Norway Maples, Beech and Scots Pine are all at risk of the chop.
However, a spokeswoman for Sandringham Estate said the plans considered for the refurbishment of the car park will see more trees planted than those chopped down.
GLUTEN-FREE FOR KATE IN SCOTLAND
Shop owner Alison Smith, 59, revealed William, 38, had cookies and cream and mint choc-chip while Kate chose Scottish tablet in a gluten-free cone during an unscheduled stop-off yesterday on their tour of Scotland.
Alison said: “They were customers of ours almost 20 years ago when they were at university. We were honoured to serve them fish and chips back in the day when to us they were just William and Catherine Middleton.
“We haven’t seen them since so we got the surprise of our life. They had someone come in and get fish and chips for them. We were unaware until a customer said the Duke and Duchess were sitting out on a bench.
“It was a beautiful scene. We could see them out the window, the two of them in sunshine up the pier enjoying fish and chips.”
TIME AND PLAICE FOR FISH & CHIPS
Prince William and Kate Middleton took a “trip down memory lane” as they enjoyed fish and chips at their old favourite student takeaway.
The royal couple returned to St Andrews in Scotland, where they first met as students 20 years ago, before making a detour to Anstruther Fish Bar.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were said to be “regulars” at the chippy when they studied at St Andrews University.
They popped in to say hello and staff and ate their haddock and chips on a bench by the harbour before returning for ice cream.
After polishing off their lunch the couple strolled along the seafront and popped back inside the chippie’s Brattesani ice cream parlour for dessert.
WILLIAMS MEETS WITH EX-PM GORDON BROWN IN SCOTLAND
Prince William held private talks with ex-Scottish MP and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah at the Palace of Holyroodhouse yesterday.
Royal sources denied claims the meeting was “sensitive” and “unpublicised” as it will be listed among the duke’s formal activities in this morning’s court circular.
It came after he met SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon last Saturday who wants to hold a referendum on Scottish independence to break up the United Kingdom.
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE WEARS CATHERINE WALKER COAT
While in Scotland, William and Kate helped nursery school children scatter plant seeds that will attract butterflies and bees during a visit to the 125-year-old Starbank Park in Edinburgh.
They also met teenagers working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s bronze award and helped them as they planted sunflowers and an apple tree.
After the duchess changed into more sporty clothing, they then took part with children in a youth tennis session run by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which Kate supports as patron.
William and Kate’s visit to Scotland ended with a send-off from bagpipers, Highland dancers at the Beating Retreat ceremony staged at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
The duchess in a cobalt blue Catherine Walker coat and jewellery loaned by the Queen, sat with William, 38, and five-year-old Mila and her family from her Hold Still project.
NHS SACRIFICE ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ – WILLIAM… MORE
Prince William went on to say in Scotland that during the past year, communities across the UK had experienced a time of profound loss, challenge and change.
He added: “But they have found support in the values of community life that, perhaps, we may have previously taken for granted.
“These values provide us with the strength and ingenuity to adapt and meet the challenges we face, now and ahead.”
NHS SACRIFICE ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ – WILLIAM
Prince William arrived in Scotland a week ago, later joined by his wife, in his role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, with the aim of listening to people to “learn more about your challenges, but also, to learn of your hopes and aspirations”.
When listing some of the memorable moments from their visit, the duke described how Betty Magee took a shine to him and his wife’s encounter with Mila Sneddon, a five-year-old battling leukaemia whose picture was featured in Kate’s Hold Still lockdown photographic project.
He said: “Betty, the 96-year-old star of the show at Queen’s Bay Lodge, who is full of beans despite the horrid year she’s had. Betty’s certainly got my number.”
“Brave Mila, ninety-one years Betty’s junior and a star of Hold Still, who Catherine was thrilled to meet in person today.”
He added: “And finally the NHS staff who we met at the drive-in cinema last night at Holyroodhouse. Their dedication, commitment and personal sacrifice is truly extraordinary.”
WILLIAM ENDS SCOTTISH TOUR BY PRAISING THE NATION AND ITS PEOPLE
The Duke of Cambridge has delivered a highly personal farewell speech at the end of his Scottish tour, describing how the nation has “shaped” him.
William said Scotland was “so important” to himself and wife Kate as he recounted their experiences meeting a range of inspirational people from spritely pensioners, selfless NHS workers and committed charity volunteers.
He also described meeting students, when the couple returned to St Andrews University where they first met 20 years ago, and being struck by “…how much younger they looked than us! It was wonderful to be back in St Andrews and walk down memory lane together”.
Speaking in Edinburgh at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, he said: “These people make Scotland the vibrant, friendly, innovative and determined place Catherine and I love, and is so important to us.
“I’m shaped by this place. The abiding affection I feel for it is rooted in my experience of its everyday life in people, relationships, and its ethic of neighbourliness.”
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TOLL ON DIANA AFTER AFFAIR REVEALED
Professional voice coach Stewart Pearce, who is writing a book about the Princess of Wales called ‘Diana, The Voice of Change’, has revealed the true toll husband Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles had on her mental health.
The emotional impact of Charles’ affair – which Diana infamously described as “there were three of us in this marriage” – was revealed to Pearce during a private voice session.
Pearce claims Diana told him: “There is no better way to dismantle a personality than to isolate it.”
Diana met with veteran coach Pearce, who also trained Margaret Thatcher and a string of Hollywood actors, under strict confidentiality to perfect her voice, poise and expression.
He added: “I remember our first meeting in 1995, I was mesmerised by the radiance which poured out of her eyes and grabbed hold of my arm and said: ‘You will work with me won’t you?’ It was one of the most miraculous moments in my life.”
PRINCE CHARLES ‘TORTURED’ BY PRINCE HARRY’S ‘DIGS’
A royal expert claims that Prince Charles feels “tortured” by Prince Harry’s “constant digs”.
Royal expert Nick Bullen, editor in chief of True Royal TV, said Prince Charles is “hurt” and “disappointed” by his youngest son’s comments, but is holding back from responding publicly.
Mr Bullen told US Weekly: “It appears nothing is off limits now. It’s sad that their private family affairs are being aired in public yet again.”
And the latest revelations have left Charles “boiling with anger”, he claimed.
“He feels tortured by Harry with his constant digs. He wishes he’d just let it drop,” he said.
WE ARE AMUSED – CHARLES ENJOYS A PINT
Prince Charles charmed royal fans on an official tour of Clapham in London today – despite claims he was “boiling with anger” over his youngest son’s latest “attack”.
Charles beamed as he chatted with the public this morning – and burst out laughing after pulling a pint at the Prince of Wales pub and attempting to drink it under his mask.
The royal even joked that he thought it would be “rather fun” to request a free beer at every UK pub with the same name.
He and wife Camilla were visiting Clapham’s Old Town to celebrate high streets across the country amid the easing of Britain’s tough Covid lockdown.
And he showed no sign of strain after it was today reported he and the Queen were left “gobsmacked” by Harry’s latest interview.
PRITI PATEL SLAMS BBC FOR DIANA INTERVIEW
Priti Patel has slammed the BBC and refused to rule out criminal prosecutions over its 1995 interview with Princess Diana.
The Home Secretary warned the corporation’s reputation has been damaged following Lord Dyson’s report into Martin Bashir’s “deceitful behaviour” to secure the interview.
Ms Patel added that the mid-term review of the BBC would be a “very, very significant moment” for the corporation – where “lessons have to be learned”.
She told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips: “If there is subsequent action that needs to be taken, then clearly – alongside the publication of this report and lessons being learned and changes, changes to the institution, structure, governance, accountability – then that will follow.”
The Home Secretary added: “The BBC itself – one of our great institutions – its reputation has been compromised.”
DI DILEMMA FOR THE CROWN AFTER MARTIN BASHIR SCANDAL… MORE
Netflix maintain there will be no hold up in filming starting, insisting that it will go ahead at some point this summer. But they’ve stopped short of confirming a date.
In one of her first TV interviews after landing the role of the Queen, Imelda Staunton, 65, said: “I don’t start filming until next July and, of course, I’m working on it now.”
The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki, 30, will play Princess Diana in the new series, taking over from Emma Corrin, 25, who played the princess in the last season opposite Josh O’Connor, 31, as the Prince of Wales.
A spokeswoman for Netflix said: “There is no delay to the filming schedule for The Crown series five and the script process continues as normal.”
DI DILEMMA FOR THE CROWN AFTER MARTIN BASHIR SCANDAL
The Martin Bashir scandal has forced the creators of The Crown to rewrite large sections of series five, ahead of filming next month.
The new season pivots on Princess Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview of 1985, which was secured by the disgraced BBC reporter using faked documents.
Set during the early to mid-Nineties, The Crown examines the crumbling marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales and her growing animosity towards the royal family.
A TV insider said: “This has caused a major headache for the creators as the events before and after the interview formed the basis of so much of The Crown’s storyline.
“Although the writers constantly redraft scripts before and during filming, this provides them with a challenge on another level.
“Especially as they have to be poised to respond should any further revelations emerge in the coming weeks or months.
BUBBLY MILA… PRETTY IN PINK WITH KATE
Mila met the Duchess of Cambridge at the Palace of Holyroodhouse today and when Kate walked into the room, the face of the little girl it up.
“Hi Mila, look at you. I want to give you a big squeezy cuddle, it’s so nice to meet you in person,” Kate said.
The five-year-old stood up as did her father and mother, Scott and Lynda Sneddon, and her big sister Jodi.
Kate praised the little girl who was dressed head-to-toe in pink with matching headband, dress and shoes.
She said: “I love your dress, can you do a little twirl – and your shoes.” Mila spun round for the future queen before running over to her father.
KATE KEEPS PROMISE… MORE ON PRETTY IN PINK
The Duchess of Cambridge and Mila talked on the phone after the image was among 100 selected for the duchess’ Hold Still exhibition and book, and agreed to meet up.
During the call, Mila asked the Duchess: “Do you have a costume?”
Kate replied: “I’m not wearing a princess costume right now, I’m afraid Mila. Do you have lots of dressing-up outfits yourself?”
Mila replied: ” Yeah” and told the Duchess her favourite colour was pink.
The Duchess replied: “OK, well I have to make sure I go and try and find myself a pink dress so that hopefully, when one day hopefully, Mila we’ll get to meet and then I’ll remember to wear my pink dress for you. Would that be nice?”
Mila replied with excitement: “Yay!”
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