Kate, the Princess of Wales, and Prince William appeared to break royal protocol during a visit to Scarborough this week, according to a royal expert. Neil Sean remarked that the couple’s warm and tactile approach, which included posing for selfies with those in the crowd, went against the royal tradition. He said that Princess Anne in particular could have been “offended” by the gestures, as the Prince and Princess of Wales set about a new way of carrying out royal visits.
Mr Sean suggested that the couple could “risk the wrath of Princess Anne”.
He said: “Could the brand new Prince and Princess of Wales have offended the Princess Royal?
“Princess Anne is not too keen on breaking royal protocol. She comes from an era where the protocol was incredibly important.
“While she has had to adapt in the modern age, she told me once that she couldn’t understand why people wanted to film events on their phones, rather than being in the moment.”
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The royal commentator continued: “The Prince and Princess of Wales have taken it a step further by posing for a number of selfies.
“This is not something the late Queen or the Princess Royal are keen on.
“On a visit to Scarborough, they seemingly broke royal protocol. They agreed to have numerous selfies with people in the crowd.
“One man even put her arm around Catherine. This would not have happened a few years ago.
“Sources in the Palace tell me that this is simply the way that William and Catherine want to run things – that it’s about reaching out to the people who have come to see them.
“According to Anne, she simply just does not get it.”