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Pictured side-by-side, it’s hard to tell if Prince William is better suited to the Top Gun lead than Tom Cruise

Ahead of the latest action-packed movie, Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise has been doing the rounds to promote his latest gig.

But when you put some of Mr Cruise’s most iconic shots next to some of our very own Prince William, many similarities can be drawn.

Even pictures with co-star Jennifer Connelly, Tom Cruise looks strikingly alike Prince William stood looking lovingly at his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge

Pictured sat on a motorbike complete with a leather jacket in the 1989 movie, Mr Cruise looks a lot like when Wills jumped on a TT bike on the Isle of Man.

And parallels can definitely drawn between photos of the Duke as a real helicopter pilot and Cruise’s character pictured flying a F-14 jet in the first Top Gun film.

The actor, who stars as the titular Maverick in the film, flashed a glimpse of his pearly whites as he waved to the crowds at Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday ahead of the premier of the second Top Gun movie.

Tom, who is famous for doing his own stunts, is said to have trained to withstand g-force power and actually flew in real fighter jets for the sequel.

Peter Hoskin for the Daily Mail gave the film five stars, writing: ‘Whenever the film threatens to become too cosy, it shocks itself – and us – back into the present with another madly ambitious action sequence.’

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In the meantime, Prince William has been continuing on in his regular royal duties, after today making an appearance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday to pay tribute to the Royal Navy’s submariners and their families, where he gave a short speech.

These are some of the best (and most similar) shots of Prince William and Tom Cruise side-by-side…

Tom Cruise, pictured in the new Top Gun: Maverick movie

Prince William, pictured at the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica in March

Twin peaks: Tom Cruise, starring in the new Top Gun: Maverick movie, matches Prince William’s smart salute. Prince William pictured at the inaugural Commissioning Parade in Jamaica in March

Tom Cruise pictured in the 1989 movie

William pictured as he got the chance to sit on a powerful zero-emission Breitling TT bike during his visit in 2018

Vroom with a view: Motorbike, shades, jacket — William pictured as he got the chance to sit on a powerful zero-emission Breitling TT bike during his visit in 2018. Tom Cruise pictured in the 1989 movie

Tom, left, as Pete Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick

Prince William walking to fly in a Chipmonk aircraft at the 100th Anniversary Parade of 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby on September 22, 2015

Suits two, Sir: Tom, left, as Pete Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, and Prince William walking to fly in a Chipmonk aircraft at the 100th Anniversary Parade of 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby on September 22, 2015, carry off their flight outfits with aplomb

Cruise¿s character flew an F-14 jet in the first Top Gun film

Prince William pictured in a visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincoln, on 22 Sep 2015

Heady heights: Cruise’s character flew an F-14 jet in the first Top Gun film, pictured left, while Wills is a real helicopter pilot. Prince William pictured in a visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincoln, on 22 Sep 2015

Jennifer Connelly, pictured with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Wills with his beloved wife Kate, pictured right together in May 2012 at the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, Berkshire

Leading ladies: Cruise with Maverick co-star Jennifer Connelly — and Wills with his beloved wife Kate, pictured right together in May 2012 at the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, Berkshire

Tom Cruise pictured piloting his own helicopter as he arrives at Battersea Heliport in London

Prince William at the controls of a Sea King helicopter during a training exercise at Holyhead Mountain, having flown from RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales

Ready to face the Royal Heir Force, Tom? Both Cruise and Prince William look the part in the cockpits of their aircrafts. Tom Cruise pictured left piloting his own helicopter as he arrives at Battersea Heliport in London, and Prince William, right, at the controls of a Sea King helicopter during a training exercise at Holyhead Mountain, having flown from RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales

Hollywood gaze: Jennifer Connelly, pictured in Top Gun: Maverick

The Duchess of Cambridge pictured during a visit to the Danner Crisis Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark in February

Hollywood gaze: With her flowing locks, Jennifer Connelly pictured left, in Top Gun: Maverick, bears a striking similarity to the Duchess of Cambridge, pictured right, during a visit to the Danner Crisis Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark on 23 February 2022

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