Monday 23 July 2018

There's a reason why Kate Middleton won't sign autographs

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to meet young entrepreneurs during a reception at the Heart, Spire Building on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to meet young entrepreneurs during a reception at the Heart, Spire Building on day 1 of their official visit to Poland on July 17, 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Brandenburg Gate during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 19, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge getting into their carriage to take part in the parade during Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Farms for City Children charity in Gloucester, where she saw their work giving young people from inner cities the chance to spend a week on a working farm
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and welcomed by Gill Brook in the centre court royal box prior to the Gentlemen's Singles final between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the former Nazi German concentration camp, Stutthof during an official visit to Poland and Germany on July 18, 2017 near Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Bruce Adams-Pool/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton might be one of the most talked about women in the world - both in the media and casual conversation - but you'd be hard pressed to find her autograph anywhere.

While the concept of autographs might seem slightly outdated thanks to selfies (which, by the way, the British royals don't like either), there is a strict rule against it at public appearances.

"The long-standing rule remains in place for all royals because of the risk of the signature being forged," according to the Daily Express.

And it isn't just a rumour as when Prince Charles is asked, he responds: "Sorry, they don’t allow me to do that."

The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany
The Duchess of Cambridge in a boat after a competitive race between the twinned town of Cambridge and Heidelberg, Germany

He did break protocol back in 2010 for the son of a flood victim, only writing 'Charles 2010' and later apologising for the shaky signature because he wasn't used to writing while standing up.

While they seem to have no problem stopping and speaking with well-wishers, Harry draws the line at selfies.

"No, I hate selfies. Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you’re young, but selfies are bad," he told a fan in Australia in 2015.

Kate and Will have no qualms about it though, just search Google for a plethora of awkward faces from the 'cool' royals in the family.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents a runner who successfully completed the marathon with a medal during the 2017 London Marathon on April 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents a runner who successfully completed the marathon with a medal during the 2017 London Marathon on April 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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