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Armie Hammer: I'll watch royal birth

Armie Hammer has quipped he will be present for the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first baby.

The actor is currently in the UK promoting his new movie The Lone Ranger, which also stars Johnny Depp. Armie’s paternal great-grandfather was oil tycoon and philanthropist Armand Hammer, who was friends with Britain’s Prince Charles.

He has confirmed rumours that Charles asked Armand to be godfather to his son Prince William, whose wife Catherine is currently in labour with their first child. Armie plans to be closely involved in the arrival of the future monarch.

“He is dead now, so he’s not a great godparent anymore, but yeah, I am told he was originally [William’s godfather],” Armie said during an interview with UK TV show Lorraine.

Armand passed away in 1990, eight years after Prince William was born.

The star was then asked if he would be expected to be present at Catherine’s bedside.

“Oh yes, of course. I am going to the hospital right after this. We have already got the baby gift and everything,” Armie laughed.

Catherine and William arrived at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London shortly before 6am on Monday morning. A royal spokesman has confirmed that “things are progressing as normal”. Catherine is expected to have a natural birth and William will remain in the suite throughout the labour.

William, his younger brother Harry and their cousin Zara Phillips – who recently announced she is pregnant – were all born at the same medical centre.

Prince Charles was asked if he had any news about the arrival of his first grandchild during a visit to York, northeast England, earlier today.

“Absolutely nothing at the moment. We're waiting,” he told Sky News.

Armie isn’t the only star excited about the impending arrival of the third in line to the throne.

Newly engaged Kelly Osbourne took to Twitter shortly after news broke that Catherine was in the early stages of labour on Monday morning.

"It's all so exciting, the royal baby is on it's way!" she wrote.

Former Spice Girl Mel B was also clearly happy to hear the announcement.

"Whoop whoop, the royal baby is coming," she tweeted.

Jersey Shore star Snooki – real name Nicole Polizzi – was eager to offer some words of advice to the soon-to-be mother.

“Push girl, pushhhhhh ! #KateMiddleton #RoyalBaby #excited (sic)” she posted on Twitter.

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland is currently in the UK and is evidently hoping the baby will be born during her visit.

“#BABYWATCH UPDATE! Kate Middleton has gone into labor! A royal baby is being born! I repeat! A #ROYALBABY is being born!!” she wrote on Twitter, before adding: “Hey Kate, itd be great if u could pop out that #royalbaby n the next 7 hrs or so so I could say I was here when the baby was born?Kthanksbye (sic).”

Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen – who is engaged to singer John Legend – tried to play down her feelings. However, it soon became obvious she is just as excited as her fellow celebrities.

“‘I don't even care.’ Me, on the royal baby, as I furiously scroll twitter for updates,” she joked on Twitter. “This isn't your baby Kate. Apparently it is our baby. All of us.”

Celebrity gossip columnist Perez Hilton is hoping that troubled star Amanda Bynes doesn’t take to Twitter and upset the British royal family with her famously outspoken comments.

“I am just praying @AmandaBynes doesn't call the royal baby ugly!!!” he quipped.

Amanda has previously branded stars including Drake, Courtney Love, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle “ugly”.

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