Emma Thompson is officially a dame – and it seems the British actress wasted no time in taking advantage of her royal proximity.
At a ceremony in Buckingham Palace to receive the honour, Thompson revealed she tried to sneak a kiss from Prince William as he gave her the award.
"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!'" Thompson, 59, told reporters at the event.
"It's really lovely because I've always loved the boys, and I've always been a long-term correspondent with their dad. It's a lovely feeling," she added.
The British star was receiving a damehood in recognition of her lengthy career, which has included Oscar wins for Best Actress for Howards End and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility, as well as memorable turns in Love Actually, In the Name of the Father and the Harry Potter franchise. It was first announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.
In other signature choices for the outspoken star, Thompson drew praise from fans online for turning up to the royal occasion in white sneakers and sporting a badge in support of equal pay - her show against formal protocol echoing her appearance at the 2014 Golden Globes, where she famously kicked off her Louboutin heels as she took the stage to present an award with a martini in hand.
At Thursday's ceremony she said she planned to use her new title to bring attention to the plight of poor children who don't get adequate food during school holidays.
"I'm very outspoken, politically. I'm a card-carrying feminist, human rights advocate, so good for them, because the establishment need more people who can speak up for those things," she told reporters.