Prince William to meet Hollywood elite

PRINCE William and Duchess Catherine are to meet "Hollywood's elite" during their upcoming visit to the US.

The royal couple - who married at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29 - will walk the red carpet at the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch ceremony at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9, an event which is planned to highlight emerging British talent.

Nigel Lythgoe, 'American Idol' judge and chairman of BAFTA in Los Angeles, said: "Being given the opportunity of meeting Hollywood's elite will provide a highly significant and beneficial moment for them."

During their time in California from July 8 - 10, William and Catherine will also be attending a meet-and-greet with senior US politicians at the Consular General's Los Angeles residence, as well as visiting an arts-based programme, which assists disadvantaged and homeless children.

The couple - who will be staying at an undisclosed location during their visit - will attend a polo match to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, with the 28-year-old prince taking part and Kate handing out prizes.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the pair's press secretary, told "The tour will be a double act, but there will be occasions when the couple will separate, such as walkabouts."

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