Twitter may have its critics, but the endless array of anecdotes from Star Wars actor Mark Hamill make the social media platform more than worth the price of admission. Most recently, Hamill explained an ongoing “feud” he had with his on-screen sister, Carrie Fisher.
When asked by a fan about the “silliest fight” he had with Fisher, Hamill explained that Luke Skywalker’s lack of a royal title was a constant sticking point on set–for Fisher, anyway. But, Hamill conceded, if it bothered her, he was absolutely going to bring it up at every possible opportunity.
When they told us it would soon be revealed we were siblings. Me:”Wait a minute, If Luke is Princess Leia’s brother…does that make me royalty?” Her:(without a moment of hesitation )”NO!!!” I didn’t really care, but she really, REALLY did, so I never let it go-EVER. 🤣#TrueStory https://t.co/Ga8hnWG4V1
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 21, 2019
Fans, and Cinemablend, were quick to point out that there was a very simple explanation for the fact that Luke is never referred to as a prince: Leia’s title of princess wasn’t from her and Luke’s mother, Naboo’s Queen Padmé Amidala, but rather from Leia’s adoptive mother, Queen Breha Organa of Alderaan.
Naboo, after all, elects its queens, and that title isn’t hereditary. So Luke, raised by common moisture farmers on Tatooine, has no official ties to any throne—even if Hamill is internet royalty to most of us.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on December 20.