Kate Middleton Refuses To Shake Hands During Royal Engagements: Snobby Princess Slammed For Poor Etiquette?

Kate Middleton Refuses To Shake Hands During Royal Engagements: Snobby Princess Slammed For Poor Etiquette

Kate Middleton is often seen holding a small purse with two hands whenever she is in public. And it’s not because she’s pregnant and trying to hide her baby bump from the public. Instead, it’s because she refuses to shake hands with other people during her royal engagements. And now the Duchess of Cambridge is being slammed for what many people think is poor etiquette during her public appearances.

While Kate Middleton has been holding her purse in front of her for years now, no one knew exactly why. And now the mystery has finally been solved. Critics and fans know why Kate Middleton always clutches her purse in her hands. It’s because she wants to avoid shaking hands with other people. But is she doing it because she wants to avoid physical contact with other people or simply because she has poor etiquette? That’s what royal observers want to know.

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According to the Daily Mail, etiquette expert William Hanson even said, “It is protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family unless their hand extends first. With more experience, The Duchess of Cambridge will soon realize that she needn’t be too nice, extend and shake hands with everyone. A courteous smile at those whom she does not have time to shake hands will suffice.”

Yet, not everyone agrees. In fact, some sources think that Kate might be simply be acting like a snob by refusing to shake hands with the people she meets. Of course, no one knows why Kate Middleton insists on being so standoffish in public. In comparison, Princess Diana rarely kept her two hands on her purse in public, even when she was carrying a clutch. Instead, she often reached out to shake hands with people whenever it was possible. That’s why so many critics simply think that Kate might just be a snob in public.

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Buckingham Palace has not made any comments about the report. They also haven’t given an explanation for Kate’s standoffish behavior, either. What do you think? Does Kate Middleton have poor etiquette? Is she acting like a snob?

Should she reach out and shake hands more often during her public appearances and royal engagements? Drop us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below. Also, don’t forget to check back with CDL for all the latest news and updates on the royal family right here!

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  • Zardi123

    People who I have talked to say she has been very up herself and snobby when on an engagement. .. she has come from nothing and now she thinks she is above protocol… she is a girl child who has stunted growth in what we call normal manners she is clueless

  • Karen Evans

    This article is such trash. Kate has been photographed incessantly shaking hands with and even hugging people and their children. As to her holding her purse, that’s because she is held to the same protocols of behaviour. For example, both she and William are expected to curtsy and bow (respectively) when greeting the Queen. Does that make the Queen a snob for requiring it? Of course not. This sexist crap and you should be ashamed of yourself for promoting an obviously false story with no evidence whatsoever.

    • Ladyhawke

      “As to her holding her purse, that’s because she is held to the same protocols of behaviour.” Sorry, but I have no idea what that means.

      • Karen Evans

        Before her wedding, Kate went through rigorous training to learn how and when to sit, stand and greet everyone from children, to state representatives to other royalty. In all these pictures where she is holding her purse, she is clearly posing for cameras. If you see old pictures of the Queen and other royals, you will note that the women adopt this same stance, holding a purse with both hands in front of them. Here is a Daily Mail link with a bunch of pics.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2109551/Kate-Middleton-trained-perfect-Royal.html

        • Ladyhawke

          Got it now – thanks.

  • Juliette

    Have a look at any other female in the public eye who uses a clutch – all carry the clutch with one hand. None walk with them pressed to their stomach, like some type of security blanket. It’s immature and betrays her lack of confidence. Given photos of her past activities, I don’t believe she cares too much about being exposed to germs.

  • Juliette

    Plenty of sites for royal suck-ups – “Royal Central” positively gushes over the royals and censors any negative comments – try that.

  • Gianmarco Sabato

    Stuck up little BITCH

  • Gianmarco Sabato

    She MIDDLESLUT is a stuck up little C OW

  • Gianmarco Sabato

    what a spoilt jumped up little madam – how disgusting and lazy she is

  • Juliette

    Glad you find it “hilarious” – afraid I don’t “get” your unique brand of “humor”. Small things…

  • Bubbly

    To be fair all comments here so far are fair. Some say she shakes hands with people often enough, some say she doesn’t do it nearly enough. In my opinion this issue is very objective and really there is nothing she (Middleton) can do to please everyone.
    As far as I am concerned, it’s not how many people she shakes hands with but rather the manner she does it.

    Take William’s mom Diana. This woman could really show that she WANTS to shake hands with someone rather than that she has to, as is the case with Middleton. This is the only thing that matters to me in this case.
    Overall she shakes reasonable amount of hands while she happens to be out and about pretending to work and/or care, but only because she was told to.

    Just my opinion and I don’t really care if anyone disagree with me.

  • Gianmarco Sabato

    You are a LOSER. ALL i want is for the SLUT to disappear. I have a woman of class, breeding who i married.

    • Juliette

      MANY of us want her to disappear – off to a nice little island with Frilly so they could keep doing bugger all and we wouldn’t have to watch – and take them off the public payroll!!

  • Juliette

    Oh baby doll, if i’d left half my comment out it would still be more interesting than yours. “YAWN” – keep going – you may yawn yourself into unconsciousness.

  • Juliette

    LAME!!!

  • Juliette

    She “ain’t your duchess”? Yes, she is “our” duchess, smart-arse (British) – but she’s not “your” duchess. Stick to what you know.

  • Bubbly

    You don’t have to read her mind. All you need to do is look at her face and body language. Simple as that.

  • Elizabeth Connell

    Why does she carry that purse to her stomach though? It makes her look like she’s hiding something

    • Ladyhawke

      Yes, it’s a very odd way to hold a clutch purse.

  • kssomom1187

    Maybe Prince William needs to take that clutch out of his wife’s hands, and whack her in the head with it.. Behind closed doors, of course!!! ;D After he does that, he has to tell her to stop acting like she’s better than everyone else…

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