‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ Emma Thompson asks Prince William at Buckingham Palace award ceremony

LONDON — Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has received one
of Britain’s highest awards from Prince William — and thought
about giving him a kiss at the Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Thompson received a damehood on Wednesday in recognition for
her splendid career, an event made special by the fact that it
was given to her by William, a longtime friend.

Thompson stands outside Buckingham Palace, London, after being
made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Prince William on
Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018.
Jonathan Brady via
/ AP

“I love Prince William. I’ve known him since he was little, and
we just sniggered at each other,” she says. “I said, ‘I can’t
kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No don’t’!”

Thompson was named for the female equivalent of a knighthood in
the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in June.

She plans to use the honour to focus attention on the plight of
poor children who don’t get adequate food during school

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