Kate Middleton Just Broke a Royal Rule by Taking a Selfie with Fans

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Kate Middleton just broke a royal rule that ought to be eliminated.

This week, Princess Catherine stopped by the Foxcubs Nursery in Luton, where she met with guests and teachers to learn more about the education center’s programs.

As she was leaving the building, the Princess of Wales was approached by a group of women who asked for a selfie. Although royals aren’t supposed to take photos with members of the public, Princess Catherine happily agreed.

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So, why can’t Princess Catherine take selfies? There’s an unwritten royal rule that prohibits the family from signing autographs and taking selfies while on duty. However, the latter half is often ignored.

Perhaps Princess Catherine thought it would be impolite to decline the photo. Or maybe she made an exception because she was leaving the event and, therefore, not on duty anymore.

Royal garden party attendee Greg Agnew discussed the rule in an interview with Insider and explained that there are many factors to consider. “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,” he said. “And that was very important to them.”

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Regardless, it’s important to note that this royal rule has been broken countless times in the past. In fact, it’s happened so many times that perhaps it’s no longer an enforced rule.

Last year, Princess Catherine and her husband, Prince William, broke the “no selfie” directive during a trip to Scotland—and then again in Jamaica. Even King Charles posed for a picture during a visit to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories.

This week’s outing marked Princess Catherine’s first solo outing of 2023 and the first since Prince Harry released his memoir, Spare. The Princess of Wales wore a fitted orange sweater dress that she paired with a black belt and camel coat.

The question is: How did the selfie turn out?

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