Monday 26 September 2016

The 'no touching' royals rule looks very uncomfortable for Serena Williams and Kate Middleton

Published 13/07/2016 | 11:23

Kate Middleton in the royal box on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016.
Kate Middleton in the royal box on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016.
Serena Williams celebrates winning her womens singles final match against Germany's Angelique Kerber with the trophy REUTERS/Adam Davy/Pool
Serena Williams arriving at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2016, at the Guildhall, London Wimbledon. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates during The Ladies Singles Final against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton and William in the royal box on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2016.
Prince William and Kate Middleton pose with basketball player LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
(L to R) Kate Middleton, Serena Williams and the Countess of Wessex

One is the greatest athletes of all the time, the other - a princess and the most photographed woman in the world.

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So when Serena Williams met Kate Middleton at Wimbledon, it was a memorable day for both of them.

The Duchess of Cambridge took prime spot during Williams' Wimbledon campaign, enjoying a bird's eye view in the royal box. But after taking home the championship - her 22nd - Serena shared a picture of her meeting Middleton and the Countess of Wessex taken after the semi-final.

And that's when you're reminded of a rule often forgotten when it comes to the British royal family, especially Kate as part of the new wave of relatable royals - there's no touching allowed.

(L to R) Kate Middleton, Serena Williams and the Countess of Wessex
(L to R) Kate Middleton, Serena Williams and the Countess of Wessex

Rules of conduct expected of civilians around the royal family were made public when Kate and Prince William travelled to the US in 2014 - not only were journalists covering their trip required to adhere to a dress code, but celebrities were reportedly told before not to touch either of them.

Remember when NBA LeBron James hit headlines around the world for "breaking protocol" and putting his arm around the Duchess? At the time, etiquette experts declared their collective outrage as royal codes of conduct state there is no touching shoulders, hugs or kisses on the cheek.

So, while Serena and Kate look genuinely happy to be meeting and posing together for a photo, they stand side by side without so much as their elbows touching.

Prince William and Kate Middleton pose with basketball player LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton pose with basketball player LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool/Getty Images)

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