Princess Kate looked to be ‘snubbed’ by other famous faces while watching the men’s singles final from the Royal Box at Wimbledon last weekend, according to royal followers on social media.
The future Queen was seen embracing acclaimed actors – and husband and wife duo – Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, but when Kate was standing to speak with them, the couple stayed seated.
On Instagram, Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden expressed his outrage at the perceived rudeness, telling his followers that the actors should have stood as a sign of respect.
He wrote underneath a picture of the meeting: “This photograph makes me uneasy. While there may not have been space for Rachel Weisz to curtsy or Daniel Craig to bow, shouldn’t they have at least stood up to greet the Princess of Wales?
“Craig could have even gone mad and removed his sunglasses.”
On the same day, fellow actor James Norton encountered Kate and stood up to greet her, with the Princess looking delighted to speak with him.
Mr. Eden’s opinions sparked a debate online, with many supporting him and believing that the stars should have stood up as a courtesy.
“I was thinking the same when I saw her shake their hands,” one fan said. “Stand up, man!”
Another said: “They didn’t stand up to greet the King of Spain….James Bond needs to learn some basic etiquette rules”, while a third added: “Total lack of manners and/or awareness.”
However, some suggested that she may have requested that they remain seated, while others chastised Mr. Eden for his violent reaction to Mr. Craig and Ms. Weisz.
“Behave, Richard,” one said. There’s also pictures of Prince William and Prince George chatting who Daniel, who remained seated. I really don’t think they were too fussed.”
“Even if you’re Hollywood royalty, it would be basic courtesy to stand up when someone comes over to talk to you, whoever they are,” Mr. Eden told the Mail’s Royals section. When that person is our future queen, it’s even more important.
“I understand that these days, people tend to bow and curtsy only for the monarch. I think that’s a shame. In my opinion, they should extend the same courtesy to our future queen.
“It’s certainly not a mistake that James Bond would have made when he was on His Majesty’s Secret Service.”