Prince William Broke Royal Protocol in Ireland With a Few Selfies

When you’re Prince William, sometimes it’s totally worth breaking the rules. 

William and Kate had five (!) engagements on Wednesday across Dublin, County Kildare and County Meath. They began their day at the Dublin headquarters of the mental health charity Jigsaw and also paid a visit to a social justice charity Extern, to witness the efforts being made to foster and support sustainable farming.

At Extern’s Savannah House in County Kildare, saw how the center provides a safe space to support vulnerable people and joined in a number of activities that help provide life-saving support. They also met with primary school children at the farm, where they learned about food production and nutrition. 

One lucky girl, Jennifer, even got the Duke of Cambridge to break royal protocol and take a few selfies. The series of photos were later shared on Twitter by Jennifer’s mother, Donna. “A really nice guy #RoyalVisitIreland,” she captioned the post.

Royal family members typically do not engage in photo-taking with or sign autographs for the public, because according to royal protocol, they’re not only impersonal, but they’re also problematic from a security standpoint. And we’ve seen members of the royal gang declined to do so a handful of times. During Meghan Markle’s first official charity outing for World AIDS Day with her then-fiance, Prince Harry, back in December 2017, she politely declined to take a selfie with a fan. 

Sorry, Queen Elizabeth, this just had to be done.