Meghan Markle and Harry’s Hollywood Bond gig may create major clash with William and Kate

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have caused quite the storm recently, with Bond bosses making the royal couple’s attendance at the Hollywood premiere of the new 007 movie a top priority. However, this could cause a potential clash with Prince William and Kate.

Producers of the latest upcoming James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ want Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond to be a US hit. With Meghan and Harry constantly the centre of attention, bosses are desperate to see the former Duke and Duchess of Sussex make an appearance at the eagerly awaited premiere.

Their top priority is getting Harry and Meghan at the Los Angeles screening in November.

However, Prince William and Kate may attend the London premiere the week before.

It is unlikely that both couples will attend this year following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family, which could create a conflict of schedules.

A source said: “The team have recently adjusted the release date in the US to put it within a week of the UK’s — so they can have massive premieres in LA and London.

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Meghan and Harry’s attendance at the latest Bond premiere is top priority for 007 bosses (Image: EMPICS)

Meghan, Harry, William and Kate

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s attendance at the Bond premiere could cause a potential clash with Prince William and Kate (Image: GETTY)

“For the Hollywood premiere they have signalled they want Harry and Meghan as guests of honour.

“It poses an interesting question over whether William and Kate will attend the London premiere.”

Harry, William and Kate were at the Leicester Square premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015.

The new film, which cost £162million to make, was due out in April but got pushed back amid the coronavirus crisis.  

Meghan, Harry and Kate

It is unlikely that both couples will attend this year following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)

In the new film, Bond is shown enjoying retirement in Jamaica, having hung up his Walther PPK pistol in favour of a quieter life.

No Time To Die is set five years after the last Bond film, Spectre, which saw the secret agent fall in love with Dr Swann, a French psychologist.

The former ‘core four’ aren’t the only royals to have brushed paths with the 007 actor Daniel Craig.

In a new book by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly, it was the monarch broke royal protocol when she was presented with Danny Boyle’s plan to include her in the 2012 London Olympics James Bond sketch through Private Secretary Edward Young.

Kate and William

William and Kate were at the Leicester Square premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015 (Image: GETTY)

Kate and William

Bond bosses’ top priority is getting Harry and Meghan at the Los Angeles screening in November (Image: GETTY)

The short clip shows actor Daniel Craig, who played Agent 007 in the film, greeting the Queen and escorting her from the Palace to a helicopter.

Ms Kelly wrote in the book, titled The Other Side of the Coin, the Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe: “There are few occasions on which Her Majesty will agree to break protocol, but in 2011 when film director Danny Boyle approached the Royal Household, he had a request to make that we simply could not refuse.

“She was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately.

“I asked then if she would like a speaking part.

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Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.’

“I asked whether she would like to say: ‘Good evening, James,’ or ‘Good evening, Mr Bond, and she chose the latter, knowing the Bond films.

“Within minutes, I was back in Edward’s office delivering the good news to Danny.

“I think he almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen’s only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line: “Good evening, Mr Bond.”

Meghan and Harry

The former ‘core four’ aren’t the only royals to have brushed paths with the 007 actor Daniel Craig, as the Queen herself was involved in the 2012 Bond sketch (Image: GETTY)

Queen Elizabeth II went on to record the five-minute film in secrecy four months before the London Olympics.

In it, she received Mr Craig’s James Bond at Buckingham Palace before accompanying him to a waiting helicopter, from which stunt doubles parachuted into the Olympic Park.

Wearing the same outfit as she had “parachuted” in, the Queen then made her entrance, taking her place in the Royal Box.

Ms Kelly, who got a job in the royal household in 1994, also reveals the monarch gave the book her personal blessing.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK