Prince William calls coronavirus handshake ban ‘weird’ in chat with Kate

Prince William called the coronavirus handshake ban "weird" during a royal church outing yesterday, a lip reader has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – the first time they had been pictured together in months –

Guests were reportedly barred from shaking hands due to coronavirus fears.

In one piece of footage, Wills was spotted speaking to Kate Middleton as they sat in front of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Daily Telegraph’s lip reader has shed light on their conversation.

He reportedly told the Duchess: “This whole handshaking thing is weird. We can’t shake hands and we have to hold back.

“We will have to put loads of hand gel on afterwards. I am not used to it, it feels weird.”

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Harry and Meghan were taken to their seats at the church in London, shortly before Kate and Prince William sat down in the row in front.

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Meghan mouthed "hi" and gave a small wave to William and Kate as the Cambridges took their seats.

They appeared to chat with Sophie and Edward Wessex before briefly turning to acknowledge the Sussexes.

Harry said "hello" and smiled at his brother and while Edward partly rose to greet the Cambridges.

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William decided to walk alongside the Sussexes into the Abbey, rather than in the procession with the Queen and Prince Charles.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey, said: “They kept up appearances but at the end of the day the pretence now is over. They've flown back to Canada and we're starting this brave future without them.”

Yesterday was the first time the Sussexes and the Cambridges reunited since Meghan and Harry decided to step down from their roles as senior royals.

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The Commonwealth Service was Harry and Meghan’s last public royal duty before they walk away from the monarchy.

From March 31, the couple will no longer use their HRH styles as they pursue a new life of personal and financial freedom, mostly in North America and Canada.

  • Royal Family
  • Prince William
  • Prince Harry
  • Meghan Markle
  • Coronavirus
  • Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge

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