A chief executive of the Prince’s Charities Australia is making headlines for touching Prince Charles’ bottom as she guided him during the Psychological Recovery Following Community Disaster Roundtable meeting on Thursday. Did she break royal protocol?
In photos emerged showing Janine Kirk and Prince Charles, the woman placed her hand a little lower his waistline. While there was this widely known no-touch protocol among Royals and commoners, the British Monarchy website stated that there are no obligatory codes of behavior when meeting a member of the Royal family, although many people wish to observe the traditional forms. Male members of the Royal Family are referred to in the first instance as “Your Royal Highness” and subsequently “Sir.”
Nevertheless, Kirk was being accused of becoming too familiar with the Prince, which compelled her to deny it as plainly ridiculous. “I didn’t touch him. I was guiding him around the event. It is just a funny camera angle. As if I would touch his bottom. It is just ridiculous,” Kirk was quoted as saying by the Sky News Australia. A Clarence House spokeswoman downplayed the incident, saying, “The Prince was focused on the event, which was about what Prince’s Charities Australia and other organizations are doing to help frontline disaster responders and survivors (like military and emergency services personnel) suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Nothing should distract from that.”
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Sydney on Nov. 12 as part of their royal tour in Australia. They first met with the public in Martin Place where there was an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday. Later in the day they both attended the said roundtable with Kirk, together with the CEO of Macquarie Group, Nicolas Moore, Chairman of The Prince’s Charities Australia and Tony Beddison.
Yesterday, the Royal couple was in Canberra. Morning news USA reported that Camilla Parker-Bowles brandished a knife at the prince.