Prince William and Kate Middleton photographed breaking protocol for fan

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Royal family members have to deal with all kinds of rulesAnd regulations, so it’s a pretty big deal when someone breaks one of those rules. Prince William and Kate MiddletonRecently, a royal faux pas occurred while on a visit to Glasgow, Scotland. 

What Rule Did William and Middleton Break?

They visited Scotland during Mental Health Awareness Week in order to discuss issues related to homelessness and mental illness. William and Middleton spent some time with the Wheatley Group which is an organization that assists homeless and disadvantaged individuals. 

Joanna Wales, her son Jason and a tenant at one of Wheatley Group homes were also on the visit. The duke and duchess were impressed when the little boy showed them his Spider-Man toy. Middleton replied, “Louis, our little boy, loves Spider-Man, too!”

What did the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge do then? One fan was excited and the couple took a selfie. In a photo taken of the trio, you can see the royal couple smiling for the camera, with William’s arm around the woman. 

Why The Royals Don’t Take Selfies

While this doesn’t seem like a big deal, selfies are a no-no for the couple. When members of the royal family are out on public engagements, they’re working and focused on the job at hand. Royals will usually decline requests for photos. When you do see pictures of the royals while they’re at a public appearance, the photos are either taken by a professional photographer for the event, or they’re unintentionally photobombing in the back. 

There are a lot of different reasons why people think the royals have been instructed not to take selfies with their subjects, with most agreeing that Queen Elizabeth’s dislike of the practice is the main reason. Greg Agnew, a tech investor, has a different answer. 

Royal Partygoer Reveals: ‘You Do Not Turn Your Back On The Royal Family’

Agnew visited a Buckingham Palace garden party in 2017 and revealed that they told guests not to ask for selfies for very specific reasons. “The one thing they talked about a lot was no selfies, and the reason was that they didn’t want people turning their backs to the royal family and the queen. And that was very important to them,” He explained.

“You do not turn your back on the royal family, and you do not attempt to walk up and talk to them,”Agnew said more. Others have said that royals don’t take selfies because they prefer to have personal interactions with the people who have come to see them. 

CCN Royal Commentator Victoria arbiter, “Royals would always rather have a personal interaction than have people clamoring for selfies. If you grant one, then it quickly becomes overwhelming. From a security standpoint, they’re also not ideal as they warrant a certain closeness.”

It’s unknown why William and Middleton decided to bend the rules for this person, but many have pointed to the rumors that the couple wants to modernize the royal family. The Duke and Duchess may be breaking a lot of rules in the coming years. 

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