Cruella de Vil is known for graciously waving a long cigarette holder around as she goes about her evil ways as the 101 Dalmatians villain.

But the character has quit smoking for the new Disney prequel as it is no longer allowed on-screen.

Actress Emma Stone, 32, portrays Cruella in the new instalment following the 1996 live adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1961 animation of the same name.

On smoking in the movie, the star told The New York Times: ‘That is not allowed in 2021.

‘We are not allowed to smoke onscreen in a Disney film. It was difficult to not have that cigarette holder.’

Family-friendly Disney banned depictions of smoking on-screen in 2007, after the previous films.

Emma and Dame Emma Thompson, who plays Cruella’s rival Baroness Von Hellman, were recently left in stitches as Prince William recalled being ‘propositioned’ by an elderly woman during a chat with the royal and the Duchess of Cambridge about the film.

On Monday the Hollywood stars logged on to Zoom with the Kate and Wills ahead of a special screening of the movie for NHS staff.

Emma and Dame Emma looked thrilled to speak with the royals in footage from the call – with Dame Emma seemingly speaking from the set.

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Their chat took place ahead of the couple’s arrival at the screening on Wednesday night and saw the royals joking about the Duke’s popularity with an elderly lady he met at a care home on Sunday.

William said: ‘I got propositioned by a 96-year-old lady called Betty yesterday who wanted to kiss me.

‘She’s in a care home with her daughter and I said, “Betty, if I do that, I’m going to get slapped on the back of the head for being inappropriate…social distancing”.

‘And she said, “I’ll have you afterwards then”. She was a right character!’

Kate interjected, laughing: ‘This is what happens when I’m not around!’

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