Royal expert claims affectionate upbringing from Diana inspired William to hug Lionesses

Prince William, pictured hugging Lioness captain Leah Williamson, has

Just like his mother! Prince William ‘deliberately’ broke royal protocol to kiss the Lionesses after their Euro win due to Princess Diana’s loving upbringing, royal expert claims

  • The Duke of Cambridge, 40, was pictured hugging the England players
  • William presented medals to the Lionesses after beating Germany 2-1
  • Royal expert claims he wanted to congratulate the Lionesses with a warm hug

The Duke of Cambridge ‘deliberately’ broke royal protocol during the Women’s Euro 2022 final to kiss the Lionesses, a royal expert has claimed.

Prince William, 40, was seen embracing England players including captain Leah Williamson and Jill Scott, the only remaining player from the squad that lost to Germany in the Champions League final 2009.

Although royals don’t technically tend to kiss members of the public, a royal expert has claimed that William deliberately planned to kiss some of the Lionesses as they triumphed over Germany in the final.

Prince William, pictured hugging Lioness captain Leah Williamson, ‘deliberately’ broke royal protocol to kiss England players after winning the tournament

William, who is FA chairman, praised longtime lioness Jill Scott, who was the only remaining player from the 2009 squad to lose to Germany in the final.

William, who is FA chairman, praised longtime lioness Jill Scott, who was the only remaining player from the 2009 squad to lose to Germany in the final.

Talk to OKAY! magazineformer royal butler Grant Harrold said the duke, who is a huge football fan and chairman of the Football Association, has an approachable nature.

He spoke of the age-old rule with the Royal Family that you could ‘look but you couldn’t touch’.

Traditionally, members of the public were only supposed to touch a member of the royal family if they extended their hand for a handshake.

Harrold explained that this was mainly for security reasons, but it also allowed the Royal Family to maintain an air of “mysticism”.

However, with members of the royal family being seen hugging members of the public more often, Harrold said there were signs that William would encourage modernity when he became king.

He said: “I think William and the other young royals realized they couldn’t get away with being distant.”

“The Queen can get away with it because she’s the Queen and she’s from a different era, but younger royals were brought up very differently.”

Harrold added that William’s affectionate nature is likely something he inherited from his mother, Princess Diana.

Describing the late princess as “a hug”, he said he believed the Duke of Cambridge was brought up with a lot of physical affection.

“It won’t seem abnormal to William – if anything, it would be more uncomfortable if it was just a strict handshake,” Harrold said.

As William has stepped up to take on more royal duties in recent months on behalf of the Queen, Harrold said gestures like hugs were a way for William to show people “the real him”.

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