Sam Smith Embarrassed Himself in Front of the Royal Family, Blames 'Downton Abbey'

Prince William's confused face says it all.

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Sam Smith, like all of us, watches too much Downton Abbey. But unlike the rest of us, he gets to blame a hilariously awkward moment on said show—a moment that occurred while meeting Prince William and the Royal Family. (NBD.)

While chatting with Jimmy Fallon, the Brit explained his minor mistake. "My issue is that I watch too much Downton Abbey," said Smith. "You get instructions: They say you've got to bow with one arm behind your back. If someone tells you to bow—I properly went for it!" 

That he did. Jimmy Fallon held up the image of Smith meeting Prince William, and that image is definitely worth more than 1,000 words. Watch:

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