This is the first time Star Wars fans get to see Prince William and Harry transform into stormtroopers alongside Tom Hardy.
The two princes visited Pinewood Studios to shoot their cameo scenes in April 2016 ahead of The Last Jedi premiere in December last year.
But audiences were left disappointed when they found out it didn’t make the final cut.
The Mail on Sunday revealed it was because stormtroopers have to be the same height – 5ft 11in. And with Prince Harry measuring in at 6ft 1in and William at 6ft 2in, they were too tall.
But ahead of the blockbuster’s DVD release in April the Royals’ film debuts have finally been uncovered among a batch of deleted scenes.
William, 36, and Harry, 33, were filmed inside a lift, along with Hardy, 40, as rebels Rey and Finn try to infiltrate a secret base.
Finn, played by British actor John Boyega, 26, wants to get through incognito, but his former colleague is surprised to see him.
He asks ‘Is there a a problem soldier?’, to which Hardy’s stormtrooper replies: ‘FN-2187? You don’t remember me? I remember you.’
Finn is desperate to keep his plan under wraps and begs the stormtrooper ‘926 please don’t do this’.
But Hardy jokes ‘Look at you captain! and gives him an unexpected slap on the bottom.
This is the first time Star Wars fans get to see Prince William and Harry transform into stormtroopers alongside Tom Hardy (pictured behind Finn played by John Boyega)
Meanwhile the Princes’ characters stay silent in the background.
Speaking in December 2017 a Star Wars insider told the Mail on Sunday: ‘Stormtroopers have to be exactly 5ft 11in. At the time we shot it I think the feeling was that the scene would make the final movie.
‘Everyone feels bad that William and Harry lost out on their big moment. However, the scene just didn’t work for the final cut so it was left out.’
Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO in the Star Wars films, told the newspaper the Princes were great company when they arrived at the studios.
Speaking at the Services To Film gala dinner in London last week, he said: ‘I was very enchanted by them – they are absolutely charismatic.’
The Princes were first told they were not in the film at its premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in December, but a source said they were ‘still gracious and fun all night’.
Audiences were left disappointed when they found out they didn’t make the final cut. The Mail on Sunday revealed it was because stormtroopers have to be the same height – 5ft 11in. And with Prince Harry measuring in at 6ft 1in and William at 6ft 2in (pictured left), they were too tall