Camilla makes acting debut with Taika Waititi, Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad for charity

Megan C. Hills

The Duchess of Cornwall has given acting a go for a good cause, as she joined Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi in a reading of James and the Giant Peach to raise funds for coronavirus relief.

Camilla Parker-Bowles joined him on a video call and took on the role of the Captain, which saw her exclaim “holy cats!” and mention her own mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth.

Camilla, who is royal patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, admitted to Waititi that she was “not much of an actor” but was “thrilled” to be a part of the project.


She joined other guest stars on the episode including Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad, who plays Olaf in Frozen.

The episode is now up online and Camilla makes an appearance towards the end, where she plays The Ship’s Captain. In a somewhat meta turn, her character demands that somebody inform the Royal Family about the giant peach.

She says in the episode, “It’s a secret weapon. Holy cats! Send a message to the Queen at once.”


“The country must be warned and give me my telescope,” she adds.

She said in a statement, “I hope this campaign will raise vital funds to support those most in need at this very challenging time – as well as helping families and children currently in lockdown to find a moment of comfort through the joy of reading.”

The project is part of James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends; which aims to raise money for the medical relief charity Partners In Health. Viewers are invited to donate to the charity through YouTube’s donation portal or directly here, with the Roald Dahl Story Company vowing to match donations up to $1 million.

Previous stars to join Waititi for the readings include Ryan Reynolds, Meryl Streep, the Hemsworth brothers and Nick Kroll.