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No kiss from Prince William? Dame it, says Emma Thompson

Sniggering: Duke and Emma

ACTRESS Emma Thompson wrote her own script for royal protocol when she joked with the Duke of Cambridge about a cheeky kiss to accompany her new damehood.

Receiving the honour at Buckingham Palace yesterday, the star of Love Actually said: ‘I love Prince William. 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!”’

Dame Emma, who was recognised for services to drama, had quipped she accepted the award because she wanted new jewellery. She said: ‘You can say, “Well of course we don’t have an empire any more thank God”… Or you can be like me and think, “It’s going to be a really nice badge”.’