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Kingsley explains knighthood pride

Sir Ben Kingsley has told how he felt "embraced" after being knighted and said the honour has made him feel accepted.

The Gandhi actor had the title bestowed upon him in 2002 for his services to the performing arts, and, according to the Daily Mirror, it gave him the acceptance that he never felt he had from his late mum, model and actress Anna Goodman.

"My mother refused to acknowledge my knighthood, which I found bitterly hurtful," said the star.

"The wonderful woman who is the Queen and who is almost like a mum had said, 'We accept you and love what you do'. But my mother refused to acknowledge it had taken place. She was embarrassed and bitter and jealous."

The Oscar-winner added: "She had a circuit missing and that made her distant and somewhat baffled by her four children, two girls and two boys. Thinking perhaps it would all go away. Adulthood? Whoa. She couldn't handle it."

Sir Ben, 69, said of being knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace: "When Her Majesty knighted me, the sword that she used was the one that her father wore ceremonially as Commander in Chief of the British Forces during World War II. I was aware how much she loved her father so I found that had huge resonance.

"We chatted very briefly about what was happening in my life and I left the Palace feeling embraced. But my mother, far from being proud, was very jealous of my success."

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