Just like his mother! Prince William ‘deliberately’ broke royal protocol to hug lionesses after their Euro win due to Princess Diana’s loving upbringing, a royal expert claims
- The Duke of Cambridge, 40, was pictured hugging England women’s players
- William presented medals to the Lionesses after they defeated Germany 2-1
- The royal expert claims he wanted to congratulate the lionesses with a warm hug
The Duke of Cambridge ‘deliberately’ broke royal protocol to hug the lionesses at the Women’s Euros 2022 final, a royal expert has claimed.
Prince William, 40, was seen hugging England players including captain Leah Williamson and Jill Scott, the only remaining player from the team that lost to Germany in the 2009 final.
While technically senior royals are not inclined to hug members of the public, one royal expert has claimed William deliberately planned to hug some of the lionesses as they triumphed over Germany in the final.
Prince William, pictured hugging Lioness captain Leah Williamson, “deliberately” broke royal protocol to hug England women’s players after they won the tournament
William, President of the FA, congratulated longtime lioness Jill Scott, who became the only remaining player from the 2009 team to lose to Germany in the final
In conversation with OK! Magazine, former royal butler Grant Harrold said the Duke, who is a huge football fan and president of the Football Association, has an approachable nature.
He spoke to the royal family about the age-old rule that you can “see but not touch”.
Traditionally, members of the public should only touch a king when the king held out his hand for a handshake.
Harrold explained that while this is mainly for security reasons, it also allows the royal family to retain an air of “mysticism.”
However, as senior royals are more often spotted embracing members of the public, Harrold said there are signs William will promote modernity when he becomes king.
He said: “I think William and the other younger royals have realized that they can’t get away with being distant.
“The Queen can get away with it because she’s the Queen and she’s from a different time, but younger royals have been raised very differently.”
Harrold added that William’s loving nature is likely something he inherited from his mother, Princess Diana.
Describing the late princess as “a hugger,” he said he thinks the Duke of Cambridge grew up with a lot of physical affection.
“It’s not going to feel unnatural for William – if anything, it would feel more awkward if it was just a stern handshake,” Harrold said.
As William has taken on more royal duties on behalf of the Queen in recent months, Harrold said gestures like hugs are a way for William to show people “the real me”.