The Irish singer recalled the awkward encounter whale discussing the stunning property at Ascot Paddocks Livery — the same place he was told off by the royal’s bodyguards for attempting to take a snap.
“I’ve been lucky enough to go there. I was actually in the paddock when the Queen was there,” he said in an interview for fundraising company Omaze and their work with Cancer research.
“I tried to take a selfie but they grabbed my phone off me, I didn’t know you couldn’t take a selfie with the Queen, who knows!”
The Queen and her family are known to knock back requests for selfies when at public engagements. In 2014, US ambassador Matthew Barzun revealed to Tatler magazine that there was a reason they did so.
According to the Barzun, the Queen despised selfies because it requires little eye contact.
“She was essentially saying, ‘I miss eye contact,'” he told the publication.
In 2016, the Government of Canada gave the press a ‘Meeting The Royal Family’ etiquette guide ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit. In the booklet, they were reportedly told never to turn their back on the royals. And it’s believed this is exactly what happens when taking selfies.
“Turning your back to the Duke and Duchess and taking a selfie is discouraged if at all possible,” Jennifer Gehmair, a local tourism specialist, revealed to Tatler at the time. “I know it’s fun to do, but they much would rather see your face.”
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