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That Time Joanne Froggatt Made a Dirty Joke to Kate Middleton Without Realizing It

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Joanne Froggatt Conan 2016

I've decided that my second favorite category of celebrity story, right after the ones about their kids, is the “making a fool of oneself in front of an important and/or fancy person” story. Specifically if that person is the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton. First Demi Lovato almost reached out to grab her baby bump, and then Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey told a dirty joke in front of her without meaning to. This is the reason I get out of bed in the morning, my friends.

As you may remember, Kate Middleton visited the set of Downton Abbey last year. Joanne explains that, while several cast members were there to meet the duchess, she and Michelle Dockery were the only ones actually filming anything that day. Kate actually watched them do the scene, which was understandably nerve-racking. Afterwards, Joanne said hello to her, and she says that Kate commented on it feeling strange to be in Lady Mary's bedroom. Here's how Joanne responded:

“Yeah, not many people get to come in Lady Mary's bedroom.”

And then she said, “And when they do, they die! Hardy harr harr.” Just kidding. She didn't say that. But that's probably what I would have said in my attempt to make it less awkward, which of course would only have had the opposite effect. I feel Joanne's pain. It seems like every word in the English language these days can have a naughty meaning, and avoiding a double entendre can be difficult. One minute you're just trying to make innocent conversation and the next it's blowing up in your face. (SEE?) Luckily Joanne didn't draw attention to it, and neither did Kate. But if she shot Joanne a little side eye on her way out of the room I wouldn't be surprised.

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