Prince William who was in Kenya for a personal working tour over conserving wildlife, broke royal protocol after he hugged his namesake on Sunday.
The Monarch’s Website observes that; “there are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting the queen or other members, but many people wish to observe the traditional forms.”
These traditional forms involve addressing them as “Your Royal Highness” first then following with “Sir” for Men and “Ma’am” for women. Also, dating back to the middle ages, it has been transgressed to touch the monarch in ways exceeding a formal handshake.
The Duke of Cambridge, 36, who is also a fan of Aston Villa Football Club, met Kinamba soccer team among which his namesake is a member.
The prince proceeded to hug him (the team member) while he was handing them Jerseys of his favorite English Soccer team.
In past instances, the hug, mostly involving well-known stars and leaders, caused uproar across English and International Media outlets.
In 2009, The then First Lady Michelle Obama became the attention of Tabloids after supposedly giving the Queen a hug.
In 2014, Basketball Court King LeBron James also attracted attention after reportedly breaching etiquette. After Cleveland Cavaliers, a team he played for before switching to Lakers recently, won against Brooklyn Nets, the King threw his arm around Royal Duchess Kate Middleton for a photo.
Barack Obama also suffered the wrath of British Press while still in office in 2011. The then President made a toast to the Queen after which proceeded to make a speech over a rendition of “God Save the Queen.”
The new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is always in the press for constantly breaking protocol of the Monarchy. One moment she is wearing off-shoulder and sleeveless outfits revealing skin, the next she is hugging children everywhere.