‘I’ve laid in bed and thought about it’ Sir Billy Connolly defends accepting knighthood

Billy Connolly says his hand is shaky during interview

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Billy Connolly has admitted he “laid in bed” and mulled over his knighthood after he accepted it. However, the comedian explained in a new interview that he was glad he accepted it as it was given for the “nicest of reasons”.

Billy opened up about his thoughts during a recent Q&A, sharing how the experience of receiving it from Prince William was “lovely”.

However, when Billy was quizzed by host Damian Barr on if he ever was tempted to turn it down, he shared his thoughts.

He continued: “No, it never dawned on me to turn it down.”

Although he went on to admit: “I’ve laid in bed a lot and thought about it.

“The mood it was given in and the mood it was received in was the same.

“It was given for the nicest of reasons and it was accepted for a good reason.

“I’ve got no problem with it.

“I’ve never used it, I’ve never signed my name with it,” Billy added during the Waterstones Q&A session tonight.

He also admitted how people get great joy in introducing him with it, but he’s never been particularly bothered.

Billy was awarded a knighthood back in 2017, a few weeks before his 75th birthday.

The honour was given to him by Prince William in a special ceremony.

Speaking at the time to the BBC, he admitted he was “stunned” by the news.

He said: “I’m kind of numb.

“It means a great deal to the people around me, and the fans.

“I was at the football last week and I was amazed at the reception I got from the other supporters.

“It seems to mean a great deal to them, which is lovely.”

Billy has just released a new autobiography called Windswept and Interesting.

In his book, he explains the title was bestowed on him by a friend.

He penned: “I didn’t know I was Windswept and Interesting until somebody told me.

“It was a friend who was startlingly exotic himself. He’d just come back from Kashmir and was all billowy shirt and Indian beads.

“I had long hair and a beard and was swishing around in electric blue flairs.

“He said: ‘Look at you – all windswept and interesting!’

“I just said: ‘Exactly!’ After that, I simply had to maintain my reputation…”

Windswept and Interesting is available to buy now.

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