Kate Middleton and Prince William just bent a major royal rule with a fan

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The Royal Family are known for being quite the rule-abiding bunch, but every so often they do throw the proverbial rule book out the window and get their feet dirty like the rest of us. And oh, how we love it when they do! As for who the most recent rule breakers are, it's Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Earlier this week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Glasgow, Scotland for a royal engagement. During their trip Kate and William met a group of eager royal fans who'd come to share their well wishes, and being the sweethearts that they are, they stopped to have a selfie with one excited follower.

Posing with the woman as she held out her phone, the pair put on their very best smiles and the future King even placed a loving arm around the woman for the photo – which we're sure she'll be having framed and put pride of place in her living room.

But, whilst the sweet moment certainly captured our hearts, it might have put the Cambridges in a spot of trouble with the Queen. Why, you ask? Well, although taking selfies isn't exactly against royal protocol, it is frowned upon if you're a member of the Royal Family.

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Photo credit: Andrew Milligan - Getty Images

In fact, according to one royal fan who attended the Queen's infamous Buckingham Palace garden party in 2017, taking selfies with the royals is seen as a sign of disrespect. "The one thing they talked about a lot was no selfies, and the reason was that they didn't want people turning their backs to the Royal Family and the Queen. And that was very important to them," Greg Agnew told Insider. "You do not turn your back on the Royal Family, and you do not attempt to walk up and talk to them."

Because of that, members of the Royal Family often decline selfies when they're approached to take one. And we've certainly seen that in action previously, as Meghan Markle demonstrated in 2017 when she told fans: "We’re not allowed to do selfies." [According to royal journalist Victoria Murphy].

However, that's not to say selfies are entirely off limits. "Royals do what feels right in any given moment," CNN's royal commentator Victoria Arbiter told Insider. "If a sick child on a hospital visit or at an awards evening asked for a selfie, most wouldn’t hesitate, but on a walkabout, they’re avoided."

Well, we defo won't be afraid to ask for a selfie if we ever see one of the royals out in the wild!

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