Emma Thompson reveals her total fan move after receiving a damehood from Prince William

By Zach Harper

Prince William has captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. The Duke of Cambridge is beloved by royal watchers for his personality and the attention he has given to numerous causes including mental health issues and the environment.

Actress Emma Thompson is among those who counts herself as one of William’s fans. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama in 2018. William did the honours during the ceremony, and Emma took the time to gush about the experience on the Today show on Thursday (May 30).

“He was just so – I wrote him a fan letter afterwards because he was just so kind and good to everyone,” she told Savannah Guthrie. “And they have to do these a lot and he engaged so sweetly and generously with every single person. I was incredibly impressed.”

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, of which dames are a part, was established by George V in 1917 to recognize the contributions of citizens in the arts and sciences and for their charitable work. Appointees are named a knight if they are a man, and a dame if they are a woman. Of course, it’s worth noting female knights have existed worldwide for centuries, and probably the most famous of all time was Joan of Arc. Other dames currently include Judi Dench, Anna Wintour, Julie Andrews, Helen Mirren, Jane Goodall and Maggie Smith.

MORE: Emma Thompson on why she wore trainers to meet Prince William at Buckingham Palace

“I was shooting Late Night when I got the letter – it’s very ancient, these are very, very old honours,” Emma told Today. “Damehoods go back hundreds and hundreds of years to the 12th century or something.

“You think of it as a modern thing, but in fact it’s not and you have to decide whether you or not you want to take it or not.”

At the time she was given the honours, Emma told reporters she asked William jokingly if she could kiss him.

“I love Prince William,” she said then, according to People. “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!’”

Don't miss a beat with HELLO! Canada's Daily Hits newsletter, your daily dose of royal and celebrity news, fashion, weddings and more. CLICK HERE to sign up for free!