Prince William pokes fun at royal protocol while meeting with young people

By Meaghan Wray

Meeting a British royal can be especially nerve-wracking, considering all the protocol one has to remember before the first handshake (or lack thereof!). But as it turns out, royals like Prince William don’t really take it all that seriously – in fact, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got a glimpse of the protocol cards given to their lunch companions on a recent engagement on Nov. 14 and the prince couldn’t help but poke fun!

The parents of three were paying a visit to a homelessness service centre run by Centrepoint in South Yorkshire, cooking and serving lunch while chatting with some of the organization’s beneficiaries. A highlight of the occasion was definitely when William joked around with a woman next to him about all the protocol the diners were nervously following, detailing ways to address the royals, recommending to call them “Your Royal Highness” first and on second mention, “Sir or Ma’am (rhymes with tram).” According to the future king, it was just a bit outdated.

Prince William and a young man laughed over the protocol card. Photo: © Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea Jenkins, the lucky lady sitting next to him, shared the details: “He just laughed about it. He said something about updating it. He was wonderful, easy to talk to. It has helped us and puts awareness out there that there are young people that need help and that Centrepoint have done that.” It’s obviously a cause close to both he and Duchess Kate’s hearts, given that they are both parents and strong advocates for youth and family empowerment and the importance of social services being available to those who most need them. And it’s also in the 36-year-old’s DNA – his mom, Princess Diana, was also a patron of Centrepoint.

While Prince William is known for his sense of humour, Kate showed her wit, too. As the Duchess of Cambridge was slicing bread to go along with their soup meal, she joked: “Don’t look at how evenly I cut it.” Her husband continued the banter, saying: “Don’t be put off by the size of Catherine’s bread. They’re enough to wedge the door.” Of the dozens of homeless young people the centre helps every day, Kate and William got the opportunity to eat and socialize with six of them, learning just how impactful the charity is for the local community.

Kate and William helped serve lunch. Photo: © Charlotte Graham - WPA Pool/Getty Images

That evening, the duke and duchess slipped into a dapper tuxedo and gorgeous pink gown to attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, where Kate recycled a stunning pair of diamond statement earrings. A who’s who of European royalty, including a stunning Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik , descended on Buckingham Palace for the milestone celebration, as did Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan,Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie , their father Prince Andrew, and more.

Perhaps a part of where Prince William got his sense of humour, the Queen showed her signature wit during a sweet toast to her son, saying, "My mother saw me turn 70, of course. And she was heard to observe that 70 is exactly the age when the number of candles on your cake finally exceeds the amount of breath you have to blow them out.” But she went on to praise the Prince of Wales: "Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father. Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.”

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