Prince William, Prince Harry And Kate Middleton Play In New Warner Bros. Studios In London, Promote BAFTA-Warner Bros. Scholarship [VIDEO]
By Staff Writer | April 26, 2013 04:24 PM EDT
Prince William, Prince Harry and pregnant Kate Middleton acted out some childhood fantasies at the opening of the new Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in London On Friday. Prince William, Harry and Kate all admired the Dark Knight's batmobile and played with wands in 'Diagon Alley,' where some scenes from Harry Potter were actually shot.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry admired props used in The Dark Knight trilogy while promoting a deal between the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Warner Bros. to create annual Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games.
But, before the royal family got down to business, the trio played around the site, mock-fighting with Harry Potter wands and Batman props. Watch the video of Prince William and the Batmobile below.
Prince William gave a speech to mark the inauguration of the studio and the scholarship with BAFTA and Warner Bros., joked that he would love to "borrow" the Batmobile for the weekend, the Hollywood Reporter stated.
Prince William also revealed that his younger brother, Prince Harry, still thought Harry Potter and his wizarding world was real.
"To be honest, I'm over the moon just to have seen the real Batmobile and Batpod - you don't do baby seats for those cars, do you, by any chance?" Prince William joked.
"On the other hand, Harry's just excited to see a real life talking owl in the Harry Potter studios. I haven't' told him yet that Harry Potter is fictional, so please keep the secret for a little longer."
Prince William continued, explaining the significance of the new studio, "The journey to today began most obviously with the now legendary story of an aspiring author, J.K. Rowling, translating her phenomenal imagination on to paper in the form of the Harry Potter series. But in another sense, the journey to today began way before, as this country has a long and proud literary and visual arts history - a history unmatched in the world for its variety, commercial success and longevity."
To help promote that longevity, Prince William is lending his name to a BAFTA-Warner Bros. scholarship.
The Prince William scholarships with BAFTA will help three talented people each year in need of financial support to study a post-graduate course in film, television, and games. Successful applicants will receive up to $16,000 to cover their course fees. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they will receive free access to BAFTA events and a funded work placement within Warner Bros. companies. Not a bad deal.
BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry announced, "We hope that the scholarship recipients will become the mentors of the future, and be in a position to give back to others from similar backgrounds."
President and managing director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain Josh Berger said the partnership with BAFTA was "exciting" and will help provide "opportunities for talented young people to not only learn about, but also experience the broad range of sectors that both organizations are renowned for."
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