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Malek, who recently reunited with the Duchess of Cambridge when she attended the world premiere of upcoming Bond movie No Time to Die in London, told Kimmel he had some “familiarity” with Middleton and Prince William after their first interaction two years ago.
Their initial meeting — which also took place at Royal Albert Hall, where the No Time to Die premiere was held — happened at the 2019 BAFTAs. The actor explained how “fascinating” it was to learn that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge learn information about everyone they speak to. “You can see they’ve done their homework,” he said. “I just looked at Princess Kate at one point and I said, ‘This must be exhausting.’ She [said], ‘Why?’ I said, ‘You just had a baby, right?'”
The actor was referring to Middleton and Prince William welcoming their third child, Prince Louis, in 2018. Malek recalled Middleton’s reaction to the acknowledgment of royal duties, saying, “I think she was just taken aback.” He continued, “She said, ‘How are you doing?’ And I said, ‘No, how are you?’ In the most regal, elegant way she’s like, ‘Well,’ you know, gave me a look.”
He added, “It was so cool because I think I caught her off guard for a second.” Malek joked with her and said, “‘You know, if you ever need a day off, some time off, I’m backup for you.’ She’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ I go, ‘I can babysit. You guys go out. Have a good time.'”
“I think after seeing the movie, they’re not going to want you to babysit at all,” Kimmel quipped, in reference to Malek’s diabolical villain in No Time to Die.
“That’s so true,” Malek agreed.
Watch the interview below.
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