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Mark Hamill Wishes He Made Eye Contact When He Met Princess Margaret

His Star Wars costar Billy Dee Williams may have played a prank on him.
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Mark Hamill, who has played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise, might be considered royalty to moviegoers and nerds alike. But he has met actual royalty on several occasions—and recently poked fun at the time he met Princess Margaret.

On Wednesday, Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy and will reprise the role in the next Star Wars movie, tweeted a photo of himself and Hamill meeting Princess Margaret. The photo was taken at the London premiere of The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

Hamill appears to be looking down at Princess Margaret’s hand to make sure he nailed the shake. “One of my favorite photos,” Williams tweeted.

Hamill responded, saying before the photo was taken, Williams had told him “direct eye contact with royalty was an offense punishable by imprisonment in the Tower of London.” It’s unclear whether Hamill was just joking, or Williams played a royally great prank on his costar.


The Star Wars cast seems to know better these days. Back in 1997, Hamill met Prince Charles at a premiere of a re-release of the film:


And in 2016, Prince Harry and Prince William filmed a secret cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as stormtroopers. But they ended up getting cut for the film for being too tall, The Telegraph reports.


At that set visit, like the visit in 1997, Hamill made sure to make eye contact with royalty.


*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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