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Joanne Froggatt reveals her embarrassing moment during Kate's Downton Abbey visit

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January 22, 2016
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File this under royally embarrassing moments! Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt let her nerves get the best of her during the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to the set last year. The 35-year-old, who appears as Anna Bates in the period drama, dished to US talk show host Conan O'Brien about her blush-worthy comments to the Duchess.

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Joanne Froggatt revealed she made an embarrassing comment to the Duchess of Cambridge

"You're just getting more and more nervous," Joanne said about the experience that happened when she and co-star Michelle Dockery were filming. "We're doing this scene and she's very beautiful, lovely. She has this amazing aura when she walks in the room, before we actually said 'hello' we had to act right in front of her."

She continued: "It was a little bit neve-racking and I got a bit jittery. So she came over to say 'hi' afterwards, and I said 'Hello, lovely to meet you' and she said 'It feels strange being in your bedroom,' because we're standing in Lady Mary's bedroom and I said 'yeah not very many people get to come in Lady Mary's bedroom' and then I thought 'Oh god, what have I just said?'"

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Kate visited the Downton Abbey set in March 

When Joanne noticed what she said, she decided to just leave it alone, and act like it never happened. "I thought, 'Do I say? I'm just gonna be quiet, I'm just gonna be quiet." The 34-year-old royal just let the joke pass.

Kate visited the set of Downton Abbey in March and appears to have left a lasting impression on the show's cast, including Joanne's co-star Michelle Dockery. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in December, Michelle was asked what the Duchess smelled like, to which she replied: "Like roses".

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