Emma Thompson invited a 16-year-old refugee over for Christmas dinner. He is now her son.

“They send you a letter saying, ‘Will you accept it?’ You can choose not to. You can choose to say, ‘Well, of course we don’t have an empire anymore, thank God, because it was ghastly, colonial, racist, dreadful undertaking on every level,’ and actually have some moral principle about it. Or you can be like me and say, ‘Hmm, it’s gonna be a really nice badge’.”

Thompson was awarded her Damehood by Prince William.

“I love Prince William,” she told reporters. “I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other.”

Thompson has known William and Prince Harry since they were children and is a long-term friend of their father Prince Charles.

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Emma Thompson’s marriage.

From 1989 to 1995, Thompson was married to fellow British actor Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh, who is best known for his roles in Hamlet and Murder on the Orient Express.

Thompson said in a later interview that her iconic heartbreak scene in Love Actually, when she discovered her on-screen husband, the late Alan Rickman, is having an affair, was based on her divorce. 

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