Just call her Dame Emma Thompson.
The Duke Of Cambridge presented the veteran British actress and writer with her damehood in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Despite the formality of the honour, Thompson says she “sniggered” when Prince William made her a dame.
“I love Prince William, I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other. I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No don’t’!'” she told the Associated Press, causing the royal to blush. “If you’re first up you have to be more formal on such an occasion, but he’s looking wonderful and doing so well. He said, ‘This day isn’t about me, it’s about you.'”
Thompson is a longtime friend of Prince Charles and the royal family.
The two-time Oscar winner was recognized for her contributions to drama throughout her lengthy career, which includes the films “Love, Actually”, “Sense And Sensibility”, “The Remains Of The Day”, “Howard’s End”, “In The Name Of The Father” and the “Harry Potter” franchise.
“I’m very outspoken, politically, I’m a card-carrying feminist, human rights advocate, so good for them, because the establishment need more people who can speak up for those things,” she explained as she was joined by her husband, actor Greg Wise, and children Gaia, 18 and Tindyebwa, 30, who beamed with pride during the ceremony. A former Rwandan child soldier, Thompson and Wise adopted Tindyebwa in 2003.
Dressed in a navy Stella McCartney suit and white sneakers, Thompson also wore a Fawcett Society Equal Pay button, telling the press she hopes to use her damehood to help stop children from going hungry over the school holidays.
“This is a very rich country with hundreds of thousands of children who don’t get enough to eat,” she added. “I’m sorry, but that’s just rubbish. I’m going, ‘why isn’t this top of the list?’ We have kids begging in schools for leftover food, that’s just awful.”