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Prince Philip made a surprise visit to the set of 'King Of Thieves', its stars Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone have revealed.

The movie's stars Paul Whitehouse and Ray Winstone have revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh made a surprise visit to the set of the movie, which follows the story of the Hatton Garden heist, where £14 million was stolen in London's jewellery quarter when a group of thieves drilled a hole into the wall of a vault in 2015.

Sharing information about meeting the royal, Whitehouse said: "Prince Philip came to visit us on set one day. We were filming in Windsor."

Whilst his co-star Ray Winstone added: "He pulled up in a car and the window went down on the Range Rover and he said 'What are you doing?' I said, 'We're making a film, Sir'. I said, 'Yes, with Sir Tom Courtenay and Sir Michael Caine, would you like to meet them?' And he went, 'No.'"

Winstone is starring in the movie as his childhood friend Daniel Jones - who is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for his part in the robbery - and he visited his pal in prison before accepting the role.

Speaking on The Jonathon Ross Show, he said: "I went to school with him. I sat next to him at school. We actually sat next to one another at school. I wanted to go and visit him before we did the film, not to find out anything about him because I knew about him. But out of respect really, to let him know I was playing him and find out how he felt about me playing him. Physically, we are not the same. He's a very fit boy. 

"I went to visit him a couple of times. I think Dan had a really tough life at home, a tough upbringing. I was very lucky, I had a great home life as a kid and it just wasn't in me. Some things are in you, some things aren't ... When you grow up around people that you know have been criminals or been brutes in their life."