Emilia Clarke Describes Her Awkward Meeting With Prince William In Interview

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Emilia Clarke is best known for her portrayal of Danaerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, aka Breaker of Chains, aka Mother of Dragons, on the the hit series Game of Thrones on HBO. But, none of those honorifics keep the actress who plays her from getting nervous just like the rest of us mere mortals around other celebrities.

During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Clarke discussed a recent run-in with the future King of the UK, Prince William.

She said…

“So it is a frightening thing going to the palace. There’s a whole… there’s a thing. When you’re there, I was just relaxing and they [said], ‘Prince William is coming,’ so I was like, ‘Oh cool, great’. I’m really relaxed and everything is going to be fine.”

She went on…

“They were like, ‘You can’t turn your back,’ so I was like, ‘No worries,’ and they said: ‘You have to address him as your Royal Highness’. Then after that you can call him Prince William and there’s lots of formalities that you need to kind of adhere to. For whatever reason, maybe because I was so scared, I couldn’t manage to get out ‘Your Royal Highness.’ So it was kind of like ‘ra… ra…’, it was pretty much all I managed.”

A video of her describing the encounter can be seen below…

Clarke and the Prince were teaming up to hand out some awards. And as it turns out, Prince William is a huge fan of the show, as he revealed in a surprise interview with Radio 1. So, in all likelihood, William was probably just as intimidated getting to meet a real life Targaryen Queen.

Some jokingly wondered if Prince William should’ve shown more deference to her…

Whereas others just felt utterly charmed by the scenario…

We always stan Emilia.

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.