Prince William meets Paddington Bear
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attends the China premiere of the film Paddington at Shanghai Film Museum on 3 March, 2015Reuters

Prince William recently met the iconic children's character Paddington Bear while on tour of China and Japan.

The Prince attended the Shanghai premiere of the film Paddington, and joked that Prince George would be jealous that his father was able to meet the famous bear in Shanghai.

The bear gave William a royal salute and the Prince, who said he was a big fan of the character, shook his hand, reported ABC news.

The movie premiere came at the end of a busy day for William, who is on a three-day trip to China, without his son, George and wife Duchess Kate, who is expecting their second child in April.

Earlier in the day, William, the second-in-line to the British throne, played soccer with children in Shanghai as the country seeks to expand its soccer training for children.

The Prince has also met the nation's president, Xi Jinping and visited the iconic Forbidden City.

The Prince's visit to China followed a four-day tour of Japan where he threw himself into the local culture, by wearing samurai costumes, participating in traditional tea ceremonies and touring tsunami-devastated areas.