Hugh Bonneville on Kate's visit to 'Downton Abbey': 'We were told no tongues'

The Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton, delighted the cast of the wildly popular British drama Downton Abbey when she stopped by the set last March, and they're still sharing details from her visit. Show star Hugh Bonneville told LIVE With Kelly and Michael on Thursday that the lot was warned to keep cool ahead of her arrival.

The actor said, "Princess Kate was fine.” However, Hugh noted that he and his cast members could not drop their jaws when meeting the royal. He said, “We were told 'no tongues,' and it would be fine."

Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Kate Middleton. Photo: © Getty Images.

In the past, Prince William has said the ITV drama is “one of Catherine's and my favourite programs.” During Kate's visit to the set, the royal mom, who was expecting Princess Charlotte at the time, toured the show’s behind-the-scenes areas and met with several cast members, including Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael.

While on Watch What Happens Live, Michelle revealed that the stylish royal smelled "like roses." She previously told People that during Kate’s visit, "The energy on-set was amazing.” She added, “It was amazing. It was magic."

Laura echoed her co-star's sentiments, calling the experience “surreal.” She said, "It was a surreal and exciting experience to be at work and be visited by a member of the Royal Family."

The actress continued, "[Kate] has watched the show and loves it and that's really lovely."

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