The Princess of Wales showed her natural rapport with members of the public as she happily beamed for a photo with a royal fan who reached out to her during a visit to Scarborough this afternoon.
Kate, 40, who stunned in a camel midi dress and matching £460 Max&Co coat, complete with a £295 DeMellier London handbag and a £60 woven waist belt from Boden, was all smiles as the man eagerly grabbed her attention before asking her for a photo.
Meeting the gentleman’s eye and engaging him in conversation, the mother-of-three put her arm around him before smiling for the camera – and also posed for photos with other royal fans throughout the day including a sweet toddler in a pink Minnie Mouse coat.
According to the Royal Family’s website there are ‘no obligatory codes of behaviour’ when meeting a member of the Royal Family, but there’s an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t go beyond a handshake. However, the younger generation of royals have often shown they’re more open to sharing a hug and a selfie with well-wishers.
The Princess of Wales stepped out with her husband Prince William as they visited the resort town to launch funding to support young people’s mental health, in a collaboration spearheaded by the Royal Foundation.
Kate and Prince William, 40, dressed in a burgundy jumper and blue shirt under a navy jacket, visited The Street – a community hub that hosts organisations to grow and develop their services – where they met the grant panel of young people from the area who will be distributing the funding to local projects.
The Princess of Wales engaged with a gentleman who grabbed her attention and asked for a photo, and she was more than happy to oblige. Kate, 40, visited The Street in Scarborough, a community hub in the resort town
Sharing a smile! Meeting the gentleman’s eye and engaging him in conversation, the mother-of-three put her arm around him before smiling for the camera
Tread carefully! Kate watched her step in her stiletto heels as she made her way along the grass so she could continue to say hello to people on the other side of the gates (pictured left). Pictured right, William and Kate today
The younger generation of royals have often shown they’re more open to sharing a hug and a selfie with well-wishers (Kate pictured today during a walkabout)
Close up with Kate! The Princess of Wales was all smiles as one man eagerly grabbed her attention before asking her for a photograph
A real royal fan! It appeared the elderly gentleman who caught Kate’s attention (pictured left) also managed to grab a snap with Prince William (pictured right)
According to the Royal Family’s website there are ‘no obligatory codes of behaviour’ when meeting a member of the Royal Family, but there’s an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t go beyond a handshake. Pictured, Kate posing with fans
Looking good! The Princess of Wales looked the epitome of elegance in a camel midi dress and matching coat as she stepped out with the Prince of Wales for a visit to youth organisations in Scarborough today
Mother-of-three Kate posed for a photo with another young mother and her little girl who was dressed in an adorable waterproof Minnie Mouse coat with a fleece-lined hood
The Prince of Wales shook the hand of a royal fan who gripped him tightly and chatted to him as he left The Street in Scarborough
As the Princess of Wales greeted well-wishers who had queued up to meet her, she crouched down to shake the hand of a royal fan in the front row
Chic and cheerful! Kate oozed elegance as she attended the outing today alongside her husband Prince William
The duo were greeted by a cheering crowd as they started their day in the North Yorkshire resort to engage with local organisations who will benefit from funding which has been created from a collaboration between The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
During his first official visit to the seaside town, the Prince of Wales described how providing services throughout the community and talking are ‘crucial’ in dealing with the ‘mental health issues that many, many people face’.
The royal couple took time to talk to the small crowds that had greeted them at the two community centres they visited on Thursday.
Kate gingerly navigated soft ground in lofty heels to get to well-wishers at the first venue, The Street.
They toured the building as The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales in collaboration with Two Ridings Community Foundation announced £345,000 worth of funding they had facilitated from donors to help support young people’s mental health in Scarborough.
After the tour, William told the donors, volunteers and centre-users: ‘We heard a lot upstairs about mental health priorities, safe spaces, places to go for young people after schools and food, these are particularly keen issues that seem to be resonating through the community today.
The Prince and Princess of Wales play with modelling dough as they meet children in the nursery of the Rainbow Centre, an organisation that offers an open door to the community of Scarborough, North Yorkshire
The Princess of Wales meets a young child at the Rainbow Centre, an organisation that offers an open door to the community of Scarborough, and help and support to anyone in need
Beaming! Mother-of-three Kate was all smiles as she attended the second outing of the day at The Rainbow Centre
Royally good sports! The Prince and Princess of Wales play with modelling dough as they meet children in the nursery of the Rainbow Centre
A warm welcome! The Prince of Wales meets staff and service users at the Rainbow Centre during his second outing on the day
The Prince and Princess heard from volunteers and staff at the centre around how they create wraparound support for service users which helps to build strong communities that support people practically as well as emotionally.
During the visit, the couple learnt about the work The Rainbow Centre has been doing to help people to cope with the rising cost of living through services such as food and clothes banks as well as offering a place to shower and do laundry
A fond farewell from the royal! The Prince of Wales waves to children as he leaves the Rainbow Centre
Taking part! Prince William pretended to tuck into a yellow ‘sausage’ made from modelling dough when presented to him by one of the youngsters
‘I think, particularly on the mental health side of things, tackling that stigma, talking about mental health and providing services throughout the community are crucial to how we go forwards and deal with mental health issues that many, many people face.’
Moments when touchy-feely US stars couldn’t keep their hands off our royals
In May 2022, Hollywood star Tom Cruise proved himself the perfect gentleman when he offered his hand to the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge to assist her up a small set of steps at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere.
While his gesture was no doubt chivalrous, getting tactile with members of the royal family is always a thorny issue.
According to the Royal Family’s website there are ‘no obligatory codes of behaviour’ when meeting a member of the Royal Family, but there’s an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t go beyond a handshake.
However, US stars can’t resist going beyond the more reserved greeting when in the presence of royalty, as demonstrated by Tom at the summer event.
He follows in the footsteps of fellow Americans who have raised eyebrows by being touchy feely, including Michelle Obama who famously put an arm around the Queen and LeBron James who did the same with Kate Middleton.
Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise (pictured, right) raised eyebrows at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London, when he took the hand of Kate Middleton (pictured, left)
Another tactile moment between an American and a royal came in 2014, when Prince William and Kate met US basketball player LeBron James (pictured, right) in New York, who put his arm around the Duchess’ shoulder
One of the most famous examples of Americans being touch feely with the British royals came in 2009, when then First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured, left) put her arm around the Queen (pictured, right)
The couple met with the grant panel of young people who have decided how the money should be allocated and representatives of some of the community groups that will benefit.
He thanked those involved in the collaboration between the The Royal Foundation and the Two Ridings Community Foundation, as well as all those who had donated.
William said: ‘Showing what can be done when a community comes together collaboratively is really something we’d like to follow on and be represented more widely across the country.
‘You’re leading where I hope others will follow.’
Later, at The Rainbow Centre, William and Kate, listened the stories of people who were being helped by the open door support it provides to anyone in need in the town.
Talking to managers of the centre, he was told how the centre has seen a huge upsurge in demand for its service and how difficult it had been for many people to come forward for help.
William said he was worried about how many people were still living in isolation after the pandemic.
He told the group: ‘It worries me so much. Up and down the country people are still living in bubbles.
‘Life has moved on for everyone else. It’s been three or four years now. The mental health consequences of that?’
Steve Cottrell, 60, told the royal visitors how The Rainbow Centre had save his life after years on the streets.
‘Without this place, I wouldn’t be here,’ he said.
As the couple toured the centre, they stopped to talk to nursery children who showed them their playdough creations.
Jan Garrill, chief executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation, said: ‘The fund for Scarborough is the perfect opportunity to involve young people in decisions that affect them.
‘Thanks to the collaboration with The Royal Foundation and the generosity of our donors, we are delighted to announce £345,000 of funding which will continue to support the work we have seen today.
‘These funds are just the start, and we hope others show the same leadership and compassion and invest in this work.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales said: ‘Ensuring that young people have access to a wide range of mental health support is something that the Prince and Princess of Wales feel extremely passionate about.
‘Tackling the stigma around mental health and ensuring that help is there for those who need it continues to be one of society’s biggest issues.
‘The Royal Foundation is therefore delighted that by working with Two Ridings Community Foundation, we have played a pivotal role in galvanising funding to support the organisations doing this vital work in the community, creating a long-lasting impact for young people in Scarborough.’
William and Kate’s friendly display with well-wishers today isn’t the first time the Prince and Princess of Wales have broke royal protocol.
After their Euro win this summer, William was seen hugging England Women’s players including captain Leah Williamson and Jill Scott, the only remaining player from the team that lost out to Germany in the 2009 final.
While technically senior royals don’t tend to hug members of the public, a royal expert claimed William had deliberately planned to hug some of the Lionesses as they triumphed over Germany in the final.
Speaking to OK! magazine, former royal butler Grant Harrold said the Duke, who is a huge football fan and president of the Football Association, has an approachable nature.
He talked about 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 royal if the royal offered their hand out for a handshake.
Harrold explained that this was mainly for security reasons but it also allowed the Royal Family to maintain an air of ‘mystique’.
However, with the senior royals being spotted hugging members of the public more often, Harrold said there were signs William will encourage modernity when he becomes king.
He said: ‘I think William and the other younger royals have realised that they can’t get away with being aloof.’
Harrold added William’s affectionate nature is likely something he inherited from his mother Princess Diana.
Describing the late princess as ‘a hugger’ he said he thought the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge had been raised with lots of physical affection.
‘It won’t feel unnatural to William – if anything, it’d feel more uncomfortable if it was just a strict handshake,’ Harrold said.
Kate, 40, stopped to chat to well-wishers and royal fans who were wrapped up in fleeces for the chilly weather
The Princess of Wales looked sweetly at the young mother who had brought her child to see the royals, before she posed for a photo with them
Kate, 40, crouched down to say hello to a child who had come out to say hello to her as she left The Street in Scarborough following her visit with her husband, Prince William
Kate smiled as she reached out to shake the hand of a man who had braved the cold to ctatch a glimpse of her. She smiled as she greeted him
As William greeted well-wishers along the route, Kate seemed super impressed with something that a royal fan in the crowd had shown her
The Princess of Wales showed how happy she was to be out and about meeting people, which she has always loved doing, as she beamed while walking along the railings
The Princess of Wales braved the grass in her stiletto shoes to eagerly hold out her hand to well-wishers who had gathered outside to meet her
Always keen to meet and chat to members of the public, the Princess of Wales took the lead and walked just ahead of her husband to greet royal fans
The look of love! Kate flashed her husband an affectionate look and a warm smile as he chatted to people outside the community hub
Braving the elements! Mother-of-three Kate stepped carefully on the grass in her high heels to work her way along the line of well-wishers
On Tuesday, Prince William remained professional as ever as he presented awards in his first public appearance since The Crown confirmed its new series will show Princess Diana’s infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.
The Prince of Wales attended the annual Tusk Conservation Awards, of which he is patron, in Hampton Court Palace after Netflix dropped the trailer for series five of the fictionalised royal drama which included a tease of the 1995 interview – which William had previously asked media outlets never to air again.
Describing the BBC interview as ‘unethical’, he claimed it triggered the events that caused his mother to lose her life two years later. Despite fans of the show initially thinking just a few seconds of the interview would be depicted, it has now been reported that it will instead be shortened to a four-minute and 23-second segment.
The Prince of Wales, 40, looked focused as he attended the event in a display of stoicism, and later greeted guests including opera singer Katherine Jenkins with a beaming smile on his face. Wearing a black tuxedo with a shiny black bow-tie and a poppy on his lapel ahead of Remembrance Day on 11 November, he was professional as ever.
During the ceremony he praised the ‘truly remarkable people working on the frontline of conservation in Africa today’ as he presented them with awards for their work.
Say cheese! The Prince and Princess of Wales pose for a photograph with a royal fan when in Scarborough this afternoon
Pose for a selfie! The Princess of Wales proved she was a good sport as she smiled for a photograph with a well-wisher
Meeting one of his littlest fans! The Prince of Wales speaks to a youngster during a walkabout in Scarborough today
Nice to meet you! The Princess of Wales was all smiles when meeting royal fans outside The Street in the resort town
Saying hello! The Prince and Princess of Wales meet members of the public and take selfies after a visit to The Street
The Prince and Princess of Wales were wrapped up for the chilly Scarborough weather as they left The Street, where William pointed something out
Radiant: Kate, 40, appeared typically stylish in the autumnal frock, teamed with a Max&Co £460 Pure Wool Long Run Coat, a £295 DeMellier London handbag and a £60 woven waist belt from Boden
The royal couple will also see first-hand how community organisations are rallying to help those who are struggling with the rising cost of living
During their visit to Scarborough they will also meet and engage with local organisations who will benefit from the funding which has been created from a collaboration between The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Two Ridings Community Foundation
Kate (pictured) and William will then meet three local charitable organisations who are beneficiaries of the funding and see first-hand some of the work they are doing to make a difference in their community as well as the benefit of localised funding