'They are so normal': Billie Eilish recalls how she forgot all protocol on meeting members of the royal family

'They all walked in and were like, 'What's up, how are you, how's it going?' and I was like, 'Oh my God,'' Billie Eilish said in a recent interview

'They are so normal': Billie Eilish recalls how she forgot all protocol on meeting members of the royal family
Billie Eilish said that she forgot all protocol while meeting members of the royal family, including King Charles and Camilla (Tim P Whitby/Getty Images; fitzyandwippa, nova_969/Instagram)
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Pop sensation Billie Eilish recalled an embarrassing encounter with the royal family in 2021 in the wake of the Queen Elizabeth II's demise.

The 20-year-old singer sat down with Nova's Fitzy & Wippa on Wednesday, September 14, and recalled meeting senior royals at the 'No Time To Die' premiere in London, including then-Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. Eilish told the radio presenters how she studied royal protocol and how to properly curtsy, but it all went out the window once she met them.

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“I had it all ready to go,” Eilish told Fitzy, adding, “I was like studying what the etiquette was supposed to be. I was like ready to curtsy. I was ready to not shake a hand. I was ready to not ask questions and not speak unless I was spoken to. And I was so worried about it.” The 'Bad Guy' hitmaker said she was surprised at how "normal" they were and grateful they turned a potentially nervous situation into an enjoyable meet and greet. "They all walked in and were like, 'What's up, how are you, how's it going?' and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" she laughed. 

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The Los Angeles native previously chimed in on her royal encounter during an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in October 2021. "I assume they read you the rules and all that stuff before you met them?" Kimmel asked her. "Oh yeah. Oh yeah. There was a whole list of things," she said. Even then, she recalled how shocked she was at how "normal" they were. "They were just so normal. They didn't make me feel like, 'Oh, I'm scared, I can't talk to them,'" she said. "They were like very complimentary and had all these questions for me. I can't complain, it was amazing," she added.

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Eilish is currently touring Australia for the domestic leg of her 'Happier Than Ever' world tour, which kicked off at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 8. The songstress is expected to play two more nights in Sydney before flying to Brisbane and Melbourne. She will then head to Perth, where they will play two shows and wrap up the tour.

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While talking to Fitzy & Wippa, Eilish admitted that fame can be overwhelming. “I don’t go out,” she told the hosts. “I used to go out and like walk around and do stuff. And I don’t do that as much. Because life is a little different.” She remembered while on tour, “I was just like, scared to step outside because I was just worried,” but now she's "more chill about it. and more comfortable in it.” 

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Billie Eilish performs onstage during the
Billie Eilish performs onstage during the 'Happier Than Ever' Tour at Qudos Bank Arena on September 13, 2022, in Sydney, Australia (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for Frontier Touring & Live Nation)

The 'Bellyache' hitmaker said she finds comfort by tuning into wildlife, bird song, and bike riding. “So I have been doing more stuff. But I also just been busy,” she said, adding, “We were in New Zealand and we went on a bike ride. I’ve been going out more for the last couple of years.” The Grammy winner was last in Australia in 2019, the Daily Mail reported.

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