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The photo you thought you'd never see: Prince William gets a hug from Star Wars character Chewbacca

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) is greeted by Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016./ AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) is greeted by Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016./ AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry (R) speaks with Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016.AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) is greeted by Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016.AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)
Prince Harry (R) meets Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)
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This is a picture you thought you'd never see - Prince William getting a hug from Star Wars character Chewbacca, or is it the other way around?

Prince William and Prince Harry could not resist the lure of the lightsabre when they met the heroes of the latest Star Wars movie - as well as the creative technicians bringing the latest instalment to the silver screen. 

William and Harry had a brief duel in the props department at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, where Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in production - and loved every minute of it.

Guided by British actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in last year's The Force Awakens, the royal brothers were shown Chewbacca's head - before getting a hug from the full-size 7ft 6in version - as well as robotic stars R2D2 and the BB8 droid from the latest instalment of the sci-fi saga.

Britain's Prince Harry (R) speaks with Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016.AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry (R) speaks with Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016.AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

The royal brothers both confessed to being big fans of the movies, which began in 1977 and starred Mark Hamill as the hero Luke Skywalker - who also chatted to the Duke and his sibling at the end of their tour.

But when the royal brothers came across Ridley's lightsabre, William picked it up, while Harry wielded the weapon belonging to the villainous character Kylo Ren.

Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)
Prince Harry (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)

The props' effects were remotely controlled by a technician who turned on their internal glowing lights.

The Duke joked with his brother, asking "are you scared?" before their sabres clashed, following some tentative moves from both of them.

Prince Harry (R) meets Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)
Prince Harry (R) meets Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios on April 19, 2016 in Iver Heath, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis-WPA Pool/Getty IMages)

Ever the joker, Harry aimed at his brother below the waist, but the Duke was too quick and stepped back.

A few moments later, the Prince asked everyone in the workshop to mimic the lightsabre's famous sound effect, before joining in as their weapons clashed.

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