'He might just say that to be terribly nice': Lily James admits she's not sure if Prince William is really a Downton Abbey fan during appearance on Graham Norton Show
Downton Abbey is said to have the royal seal of approval with Prince William and Kate Middleton being fans of the show.
But Lily James has admitted she never knows whether the royals are really fans of the show as she explained: ‘You never know if he’s just saying that to be terribly nice.’
The 27-year-old made the revelation as she filmed her appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Thursday evening.
Hard to tell: Lily James has admitted she never knows whether Prince William is really a fan of Downton Abbey as she explained, ‘You never know if he’s just saying that to be terribly nice’
Listing all her encounters with the royal family, she explained: ‘I sang at The Queen’s 80th, I’ve shaken Prince Charles’s hand and then I met Prince William.
‘Apparently Prince William is a Downton fan but you never know if he is just saying that to be terribly nice.’
The British beauty took her place on the famous red coach alongside legend Joan Collins, actor Richard Madden, and TV chef Paul Hollywood.
What a line up: The 27-year-old made the revelation as she filmed her appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Thursday evening
In great company: The beauty took her place on the famous red coach alongside legend Joan Collins, actor Richard Madden, and TV chef Paul Hollywood
Lily and Richard were on hand to talk about being the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet in Kenneth Branagh’s latest stage production.
Asked by Joan if it is difficult to learn Shakespeare, Richard answered, ‘Yes, but when you are working with Kenneth, who is amazing, encouraging and inspiring but runs a tight ship, we had to know our lines before day one of rehearsal.’
Lily added, ‘We did the whole play at the end of that first week.’
It’s been a great month for Lily after she landed her first global advertising campaign.
One is a huge fan: Downton Abbey is said to have the royal seal of approval with Prince William and Kate Middleton being fans of the show
Such a lady: Lily as Lady Rose on the fourth series of Downton Abbey set in 1922
Great rapport: The smiling blonde and Richard were on the show to promote their current roles in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet
The British actress has just revealed she will follow Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne as the new face of My Burberry fragrances, inspired by the label's iconic trench coat.
Announcing the news on Monday, she gushed: 'I am thrilled to be officially joining the Burberry family. I am so proud to be British, so it really means a lot.'
She added: 'Shooting my first campaign was so special – I don't want to give away too much but I had a lot of fun showing a different side of myself…'
While images for the new My Burberry Black launch won't be released until August, Lily's statement suggests they will show a more sultry side to the actress who is known for her squeaky-clean, girl-next-door image.
Tune in: (L-R) Joan Collins, Richard Madden, Graham Norton, Lily James, Jack Lawless, Paul Hollywood, JinJoo Lee, Joe Jonas and Cole Whittle
The photos and video will be shot by Mario Testino, just as Kate and Cara's 2015 shoot was.
Speaking about the new Lily James campaign, Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey said: 'I’m so delighted to have worked with the very lovely and clever Lily James on our new My Burberry campaign.
'I have admired her work for quite some time and was bowled over by her wonderful charm and her warmth when we met so it was a treat to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this shoot together.'
The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One at 10.35pm on April 22.
English rose: It’s been a great month for Lily after she landed her first global advertising campaign for the My Burberry fragrance
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