ACADEMY Awards bosses were so keen for Prince Harry and wife Meghan to present the gong for Best Picture that they approached the couple last year.
Sources told how chiefs pulled out all the stops to make the offer attractive.
And Netflix bosses, who have signed a £112million deal with the pair, were also eager for them to appear.
If Harry was unable to be involved, it was hoped his wife could present the Best Actress gong.
But once Kristen Stewart was nominated for her role as Princess Diana in Spencer, that became a much more fraught prospect.
A source said: “Netflix were incredibly keen for their two big-name signings to be involved with this year’s Oscars.
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"For the first time ever, streaming services, especially Netflix, have a chance of cleaning up and winning some big gongs.
“What better endorsement than for Meghan to be up there on stage?
"Quite a way to justify their £112million salary.
“Meghan is a huge supporter of women, and championing them, so Best Actress was an obvious category for her.
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“Sadly, though, as soon as Kristen Stewart got the nod, she couldn’t possibly go on stage and risk handing over an award to the woman who played her husband’s late mother.
"So that idea was scrapped.”
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