Emilia Clarke has had a huge number of people “bend the knee” to her Game of Thrones character onscreen, yet things happened differently when she encountered a real-life royal.
In 2018, the 33-year-old entertainer, who played mythical dragon mother and queen Daenerys Targaryen, met Prince William at Kensington Palace during the Centrepoint Awards, which celebrates young people who have conquered homelessness. She was a presenter.
When inquired as to whether she asked the Duke from Cambridge to “bend the knee,” as was ordinarily done to her character on the HBO series, Clarke stated, while associated with a lie finder, “No, I think I was asked to bend the knee.”
“You have to do the whole thing, you can’t turn your back, you have to curtsy, you have to say- he has his title, his Royal Highness, or something along those lines,” she said. “I struggled with that. But I should’ve. I don’t think he’s ever watched my show.”
In 2017, William and wife Kate Middleton confirmed in a BBC Radio 1 interview that they were in fact fans of Game of Thrones; a show the duke said “was worth watching.” While taking her lie detector test, Clarke was also asked if she is indeed the “mother of dragons.” She also exposed which one of her character’s dragons was her favorite. Drogon is kind of like, he’s my oldest boy, who was the first, really,” she said. “When the three of them came out, I think he came out first.“”I’d like to think he went to Hawaii. I know there is a specific place where dragons go [that’s in the books],” she said. “Otherwise he’s just roaming the seas. Crying.”