On “Game of Thrones”, Daenerys Targaryen believed herself to be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne of Westeros, marked by her staunch refusal to “bend the knee” to anyone else.
And while the Mother of Dragons never bowed down, the actress who portrayed her for eight seasons on the HBO hit says she’ll make the rare exception, depending on who it is she’s bending for.
Actress Emilia Clarke made that revelation during an interview for a new Vanity Fair video with a twist: while answering questions, she’s hooked up to a polygraph machine, commonly known as a “lie detector.”
Clarke, 33, met Prince William at Kensington Palace when she presented an award during the Centrepoint Awards, celebrating young people who have managed to overcome homelessness. Asked by Vanity Fair if she asked the Duke of Cambridge to “bend the knee,” she admitted she had not.
“No, I think I was asked to bend the knee,” she said, explaining the complicated royal protocol involved.
“You have to do the whole thing, you can’t turn your back, you have to curtsy, you have to say — he has his title, his Royal Highness, or something along those lines,” she said. “I struggled with that. But I should’ve. I don’t think he’s ever watched my show.”
That last comment, however, should have registered as an untruth on the polygraph; in a 2017 BBC 1 Radio interview, William and wife Kate Middleton revealed that were indeed fans of “Game of Thrones”, with the Duke declaring the show “was worth watching.”
During her questioning, Clarke was also asked if she was the Mother of Dragons, and was forced to play favourites by revealing which of the Khaleesi’s three dragons was her favourite.
You can watch the entire interview in the video above.